Not unlike my mood sometimes, these towels are frayed and tired, so thin and unabsorbent that I'm sure I can see through them in just the right light. But something has kept me hanging on, as if by throwing them out I'd be tossing away something that actually retains a utility, a function.
My attitude changed this weekend.
It felt good, and the process of towel-tossing got me thinking.
What other almost-useless stuff do we retain, and why?
The What is fairly easy to identify. I did a bit of an unscientific poll, and asked a few folks what they keep that's obviously outlived its usefulness.
So far the list includes, but I'm sure is not limited to:
- mascara (the most popular genus in the makeup family that's saved, so it seems)
- every cord to every electrical device that's ever been purchased, whether that device still works or not
- dried up markers
- non-working pens
- condiments in the fridge
- lighters that no longer light
- old toothbrushes
- keys to unknown doors
We all seem to have been touched by the gentle hand of innocuous hoarding. Generally not the Big Scale Intervention variety, but the intention seems strikingly similar. Whatever we choose to keep, it's probably because we think we might need it some day.
And then there are other days, like the one this weekend, when it felt so good to throw those ratty old towels away. Next stop: junk drawer. Or maybe my purse. I've been looking for some ChapStick.
*According to livescience.com, pillows are a soft, comfy warehouse for bugs, fungi and dried, ishy, scalp stuff. So it's suggested that pillows should be replaced every year or so, whether you want to or not.