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Andrea's Anecdotes A column by Andrea Beaudoin

Out with the old

May 21, 2014 - I'm doing it and it feels great.

I'm getting rid of (almost )everything I own, and starting over. I'm tired of the clutter (they say your environment reflects your state of mind).

I'm at a point where I really don't want anything. I would be happy with just some clothes and a bag of makeup.

I don't want three Christmas trees and hundreds of Santa's and his reindeer. I don't want a bunch of knick-knacks that I cannot believe I bought in the first place.

Some are just downright ugly, and I'm wondering what I was thinking when I bought them.

I don't wants the 30 or more pieces or art I have. I don't want the toms of clothes I have not worn in years. It is time to be rid of that stuff.

I have been feeling this way for a while. I have been wanting to be free from the junk for some time.

One day I decided to just go for it and I set up a garage sale. Each day the garage sale has grown and is now pretty large. I'm thinking of just telling everyone they can have whatever they want.

I want to have a nice organized life, full of a few things I find beautiful.

While going through the stuff I have acquired over the years, I promised myself I will be more particular with the things I buy for the rest of my life.

I have opened the sale just twice. Once I opened on Mother's Day and then I opened for a few hours last weekend. In addition to getting rid of stuff I love all the visitors.

People always ask you a lot of questions and ask you where you got your stuff.

I did decide to keep two things I had in the sale; one a grandfather clock that hangs on the wall and a beautiful elephant made of wood and fancy shell.

If you are thinking of eliminating clutter from your life?

I encourage you to go for it. It feels great so far. They say it is very liberating.

Although I am not free from all this "stuff" yet. I will be.

Oh yes, I will be, I will be free.

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