Surprise gifts are always fun. My husband gave me a small gift-wrapped box in 2000 that held a key ring with a brown leather fob, and he told me to guess what went with it. For a moment, I wondered if he had bought me a new car! The other gift turned out to be a matching brown leather purse, which I used and enjoyed for many years.

Brown leather handbag 

After a while, the purse became less useful because it was not designed to hold a mobile phone and lacked the small pockets that a modern handbag would have. But although I stopped using it, I kept it anyway because of the good memories. Moral of the story: Bag it! Even if something was a nice gift 15 years ago, it doesn’t have to be kept forever. Although clutter of the good memories variety may feel better than random heaps of junk piling up, the house ends up full of old useless stuff just the same!

About Clutter Comedy: Every Sunday (which I envision as a day of rest after a productive week of de-cluttering) I post a Clutter Comedy article describing my most memorable clutter discovery of the week. Other bloggers who wish to join in are welcome—just post a link in the comments! There’s no need to publish any “before” photos of your clutter, if they are too embarrassing. The idea is simply to get motivated to clean it up, while having a bit of fun too!

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