For anyone who has inherited lots of “stuff,” a helpful quote to ponder from Andrew J. Mellen’s book, Unstuff Your Life

“Do not allow the burden of other people’s belongings to keep you from moving forward.”

I highly recommend this book. It’s not so much about organizing or decluttering, but about gaining greater understanding of our relationships to our stuff and getting ourselves free to live in the present. I thought I was already there. 

I’m listening to Mellen narrate the audio version, which for some reason I believe has more punch and immediacy than the hard copy form might have. Maybe because the audio version conveys a “do it now” imperative.

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Let’s see: apple slicer, ineffective knife sharpener, pastry cutter, butter curler, powdered sugar duster, herb mincer, rolling pin and cloth to roll out pastry.

Scallop shells given to me by Frank Patti when we were buying shrimp at Joe Patti's one day. Also a shrimp deveiner and some mystery tool from Williams Sonama.

Scallop shells given to me by Frank Patti when we were buying shrimp at Joe Patti’s one day. Also a shrimp deveiner and some mystery tool from Williams Sonoma.

This adorable kitchen stuff that hasn’t been used in decades has been moved to a donation box in the van.

The author uses the phrase Notable Note occasionally to emphasize a take-away he thinks is especially important. Here’s one from me.

Notable Note:   I get that this is not about letting go of a butter curler. It is about letting go.

One thought on “Unstuff It

  1. Having just baked a pie, crust rolled out on the bare counter, I view your first picture with slight covetousness. But it’s interesting how stuff works in us, as you say. My pie turned out fine. The book sounds good. Also it’s wonderful to see your latest shape to the blog. Love it, Beth.

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