My favorite Christmas claymation growing up was Rudolph: a story of a scrappy young misfit who became a hero. But my favorite part of the special was always when the misfit toys got picked up by Santa. The poor toys were banished to the island because “No one wants a Charlie in the Box” and they are crying on Christmas Eve thinking Santa forgot them again. But then, just when all hope is lost, Rudolph and Santa appear to bring them to homes they will be loved in. I cry EVERY TIME. (In fact, I am a little teary eyed right now! I’m not kidding!)
Anyway, why on earth would an organizer bother telling you this story? This is how I feel about your misfit knick-knacks. These are the items you have squirreled away in your basement or attic because someone gave them to you and they don’t have a place in your home. This is the vase from grandma’s house, the old lamps you replaced years ago, and the presents well meaning friends gave you. They are all but forgotten items until you happen by them by chance. And even then, at the thought of getting rid of them, you feel guilty, like you have to keep them because someone took the time or someone you loved loved the item. But, much like the misfit toys, these poor misfit items are languishing away, not fulfilling their “dreams” because you feel like you need to keep them. What you are really doing is keeping them out of the hands of someone who will truly love them.
So, I am tasking you today to visit your misfit knick-knack island, be it attic, basement, shed, or spare room, and ask yourself “Do I love this item enough to put it on display in my home or start using it immediately.” If the answer is no, stop storing this poor, unloved item, and let it find a home that will love it. Sell it or donate it immediately! In return, you will get a big thank you from me, who cries (just a little bit) at the thought of your items missing their destiny. I think you will feel better too!