Time Capsule: Muttering and cluttering

Connie Bretz

If you pick up a magazine at your favorite store or shop, you’ll run into an article about the habit of cluttering.

You can actually hire someone to clear you clutter. No! How can anyone know how you feel about your sentimental keepsakes? But, on the other hand, how much are you living in yesterday than today?

I took a survey among friends. Here’s one friend’s remark: “I should get rid of these old shoes, but I may wear them one day.” One day never comes, however. Finally husband or child trips over a pair of worn flip-flops and the popular summer shoes are tossed into the container at the local shopping center.

Almost everyone I know has this “disease” complains about it, but does not take action.

Alice had her bathtub full of miscellaneous treasures. She takes a shower downstairs. The tub is upstairs.

Her bathtub contains the following: books, cat carrier, gutter supports, paint cans and a fancy cheese box from Petaluma, Calif.

One man keeps all the old love letters he received from his fiance. She, his wife, mutters about this habit, and bids him to throw the letters away, but he can’t.

A friend of mine from California saves paper clips. I asked her to count them. She counted 204 clips. She’ll use them one day, but when? She doesn’t know.

Me? I stared at the old fashioned metal filing cabinet. I made an attempt to read and discard my folders on writing about classes I had taught in the past. At one time I loved teaching about writing at such places. I remembered some interesting experiences at Beaver Falls, Boyertown, Mercer Night School (Main Line), Phoenixville, Villanova and York-all Pennsylvania People.

I muttered about my habit, but recalled positive evaluations that brought back lovely memories. No, I can’t throw them away.

I’m wondering, Reader, if you have any clutter in your home. Now, admit it!

On another topic, Joanna, my neighbor, and I are wondering about the unidentified animal that roams Morris Cemetery and other locales. Phone me if I have any ideas.

Thank you for reading this column. With joys of September days, I am your friend.

Phone me! 610-933-0669.

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