Monday, March 23, 2015

Slice of Life: Happiness is Found in Memories 23 of 31

It was the first official day of spring break....so it was snowing.

It seemed the perfect day to tackle my closet.  It was time to clear out some of the items I had been hanging onto for far too long.  I began pulling things out, sorting items into piles, and trying to begin to weed out what needed to go.  It wasn't long until I managed to get the clothing and the shoes under control, and then moved onto the bags.  Somehow I have quite a collection of old wallets and all those small cosmetic bags that are given away for free.  I'm really not sure why I hang onto them.  I could hold my year's supply of cosmetics in my hand.

For me the best way to keep my closet under control is to only allow a particular amount of space for things I need.  Pants have so much room in the closet.  Shoes have a spot.  Sweaters must fit on the shelf.  I have a cloth box I use to store the wallets and bags I plan to keep.  They need to all fit inside of the container which means a few needed to go.

As I sorted through to determine those I would keep, I had to smile.  For some reason, all the sorting of small bags reminded me of time with my grandma.  She used to let me play in her shoes.  I'd walk around the house in every pair.  My grandma was stylish so she had shoes in every color.  It was a little girl's dream playground.  She'd let me do the same with her jewelry and her bags.  I could never believe how many bags my grandma had.  I knew she hardly used any of them and always wondered why she kept so many.  I guess in time you just collect things.  They're too good to get rid of, but you don't continue to use them yourself.

Has I picked up a bag, then a wallet, then another bag, I shook my head.  I suddenly understood how my grandma had so many bags.  I really only use a bag or two of the twenty I put back into the container.  Why I hang onto them, I have no idea.  Maybe I'm a little like my grandma.

For the month of March I will be participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.  It will be a busy month of writing, commenting, and learning with this community.  This year I've decided to try to focus my writing around happiness.  Stop by today's link up to join the conversation or find some great reading. 

10 comments:

  1. Aww - wonderful connection between you and your Gramma through this post! I really like the weaving of your two closets. Nice slice.

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  2. What better day to organize a closet! Glad your mind could use it to make a connection to your Grandma as well...I will bite my tongue the next time my little girl opens one of my jewelry drawer to "just look" at mamma's jewelry!

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  3. It's funny how those memories can hit you with one simple action.it reminded me of my grandma and how she always dressed to the nines wherever she went.

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  4. I can see you walking around in your grandmother's shoes and wearing her jewelry. What a sweet piece, Cathy. Love reading about your grandmother.

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  5. I love this piece!! Your grandma was a very special lady and a great person to be like. Memories come to us in so many different ways; a smell, a song, a possession, etc.....

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  6. I love the image of you wearing your grandmother's shoes and jewelry. My grandmother had lots of costume jewelry I loved to play with. Your sweet memory brings back many of my own. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Love how you structured this slice! You and your grandmother, so sweet to share that memory and the fashion sense. I enjoyed imagining the little you walking in the tall cotton of her heels and pumps bag slung over the slight shoulder of your six-year-old self.

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  8. I always enjoy your grandma stories, because they remind me of my own grandma. Hold on to those purses and wallets. Someday you'll have your own grandchildren who will want to rummage through YOUR closet. :)

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  9. I love your grandma story! Can you please come and clean my closet next week!

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  10. Sweet photo!
    Enjoyed reading about your grandma! I love how memories come to us.

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