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Throw out moldy newspapers and create a future

My treasures were stored in my basement and they are moldy.

Did you know you need good air circulation to keep items from growing mold?

I went in the basement today and it smelled musty. The dank smell of mold and decay.

My treasures were stored in the basement.

I found a Japanese Newspaper, from September 22, 1990, the day of my wedding.  My friend mailed us the newspaper from Japan.  It was fun to have something dated from our wedding day. My husband and I met in Japan.

The newspaper is damp. It smells of mold. I will throw it away.

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

I can spend the rest of my life rearranging boxes in the basement,storing moldy papers. Or I can clean out my basement and free my time to create a new life.

The garbage truck will come again to our street next Tuesday morning. I have five days to put everything in the basement in black garbage bags.

Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.
– Daphne Rose Kingma

I will let go.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • this resonates with me. My youngest son has decided to settle in Australia and we’ve had the onerous task of sorting out his house contents. It’s all in boxes and were in storage. I’ve hated doing it and it breaks my heart that he’s not here.
    But it’s just me being selfish, he needs to live his own life and I have had to let go.

    Still we get to see him in September..he’s getting married.

  • Those are lovely quotes!! And what a cool thing to have a newspaper from the day you were married. I would have a hard time letting that one go, but I am all for letting go of the past, in general, and that does often mean getting rid of stuff.

    • It will be hard to toss the newspaper. But, the newspaper is only a reminder of the cutie I am still married to. I will photograph the paper and hug my husband.

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    Great advice. I’m one who leans towards simplicity too. What a feeling of freedom when you don’t have “stuff” holding you back.