Personally I dislike clutter of any kind. I feel that my life and my home are easier to maintain if there aren't a hundred, thousand, million, little "THINGS" to distract me.
I decided to clean house. I started with my clothes. It's remarkable how my clothes shrink over the seasons. The slacks and shorts and blouses that were so loose on me last summer, now fit snugly. Did I really think that my bureau drawers were exempt from the shrinkage?
THEY WERE NOT !!! The underwear, pajamas, and shirts that were in the drawers fell victim to the little green monster that invaded my space.
I then went to my desk and discarded about 12 pounds of unwanted and unsolicted paper. I threw away about 400 tags with my name and address on them. I did not ask for them, nor want them. Anyway, I have a stamp with my name and address on it.
Now I attack my kitchen cabinets and drawers. I threw out three black coffee mugs that were chipped (white chip against black is a no - no ). I discarded any medicine that was out-dated. Now I have a problem, do I flush these down the toilet, or maybe I should send them into the disposer? Either way, I'm sending these chemicals into the water, and now I have to think about the little fish.
Anyway, I finally put out the flatware service that I purchased from Bloomindales, and tucked away the stainless steel that I had been using for years.
Well, after weeding out what I didn't want, I came across the treasure. On the bottom of one of the file drawers I found two very old newspapers. One was The Boston Post dated August 9, 1929. That paper cost 2 cents. With that newspaper I could make comparisons with the price of clothes and food from 1929 to 2001.
The other paper was The Boston Globe dated 1942 and it was protecting four pages of comics. These pages were dated 1914. The comic strips came from the Boston Sunday Post which cost 5 cents.
Imagine buying butter for $.45 per pound, or a fur coat for $78.00.
I still prefer "The Good NEW Days" to "The Good OLD Days".
July 6, 2001