Today, a rainy Tuesday, December 12th, I threw away an old toy monkey – one of those wind-up ones – which doesn’t work anymore. I can’t even remember when I got it. I think it was in my 30s.
Yesterday, I threw away N’s old text books.
On 10th Dec, I threw away her old files and school notes.
On 9th Dec, I threw away Santa.
From 6th to 8th Dec, I threw away a porcelain girl bell, a silver elephant case and a paper toy (wrapped in plastic). All these were sentimental knick knacks I had kept for years.
On 5th Dec, I threw away a torch I kept for so long, with batteries inside, that the batteries had oozed liquid.
On 4th Dec, I threw away a key chain that lights up. I had bought for it for my girls but they didn’t want it.
From 30 Nov to 3rd Dec, I threw away more mementoes from the past – a sports medal I won when I was a copywriter, 2 McDonald’s badges because they were my client and a glass commemorating the anniversary of my old school.
On 29th Nov, I threw away a rattan pouch.
On 28th Nov, I threw away 5 stones. It’s a game made up of 5 triangle shaped ‘stones’, encased in fabric, usually filled with beans. I played with 5 stones when I was a kid but this set was given to me in my 40s.
On 27th Nov, I threw away a phone charger that didn’t work well.
On 26th Nov, I threw away a handmade soap. It was a gift but I didn’t like the scent.
On 25th Nov, I recycled these lovely Chinese notepaper which I’d been saving since I bought them in my 20s. I’m getting ruthless. Very few things mean anything anymore.
On 24th Nov, I recycled an old blue shirt which was used so often, it’s out of shape now.
On 23rd Nov, I recycled the kids’ red winter hat passed down from older cousins.
On 22nd and 21st Nov, I recycled 2 pink children’s winter hats.
On 20th and 19th Nov, I recycled 2 cute kids’ ear muffs.
From 15th to 18th Nov, I recycled 4 DVDs- Feeling Minnesota with Keanu Reaves, the Tailor of Panama, Sex and Lucia, and Three coins in the Fountain.
From 12th to 14th Nov, I recycled 3 more DVDs- Oscar and Lucinda, Harold and Maude, and American Yakuza.
In the last 1 month, I’ve had to deal with much unpleasantness. I’ve been trying to avoid taking sleeping pills but I needed them to deal with legal and housing matters. On the other hand, I managed to take a holiday with the children so that was the silver lining in my storm cloud.
My mantra, to get from one day to the next, is Be a robot.