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27.3.13

Spring Cleaning: Touch Your Stuff: Simple Living Idea

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It is Passover and around most Jewish holidays I find myself reflecting about the time I taught middle school English in a Yeshiva.

When I started working at the school I was aware that Jews were supposed to remove all fermented bread products from their house before Passover, but I was not aware to the extent of the cleaning that some observant Jewish perform.

My classroom was next door to Rabbi Slotkin who taught Torah Studies. He told me that in preparation for Passover he and his family would not only clean their house but ritually touch all of their belongings.

What a way to make you conscious of all you own. 

What a way to make you realize how much you don't need.

What a way to make you appreciate what you have.

So try it.

When you Spring clean this season really try to touch and acknowledge everything you have. I think we too often become immune... not even semi-aware of all the things we have in our possession.

Then make a conscious choice to keep or let go of your stuff.

Happy Spring,
Diane


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10 comments:

  1. That "Story of Stuff" video clip truly changed my life Diane a few years ago when I first saw it. Needless to say, I've cut down on what I bring into the house but still have a lot to let go of, especially my Nanna's and Mum's things. A work in progress.

    Anne xx

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    1. It is a great little movie that even kids can understand. Yeah, I'm still working on the stuff... the kids and my husband are good at bringing more of it into the house.

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  2. I think this is a great idea! I'm not sure I touch everything, but I do go through just about everything while spring cleaning. It is amazing how much we accumulate and don't really need.

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    1. I have been very impressed at your Spring cleaning, especially considering you just moved. You must have gotten rid of a lot of things.

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  3. How ironic for you to write this Post now, Diane. For the past two months, in preparation for this move, I have touched every single item that Michael and I owned. And, I have gotten rid of 2/3 of it. Since I will be moving into my condo that is already furnished, I have sold, donated, or given away all our furniture. And, many of our not-needed belongings. It was a tremendous effort and amount of work. But, my load is lighter, much, much lighter, and I finally am realizing that I don't need to carry around all that baggage (stuff). I have promised myself that I will continue to edit my household and personal belongings. I didn't realize it was a Jewish tradition.

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    1. It is an incredibly moving experience to really consciously go through all of your belongs. I had to do it several times when I lived in NYC. I'm so glad its over for you... how emotional it must have been for you? Yes, I think the whole notion of Spring Cleaning has it's roots in Judaism... funny the things we do that we don't know their origins.

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  4. These are fantastic words of advice. We definitely have too much "stuff" in our house. I will be thinking back to this post and reflecting now when I begin to go through this stuff. Thank you so much for this post...

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    1. It really struck me when it was told to me too... so simple, yet such a powerful thing to do.

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  5. I'm definitely feeling overwhelmed by stuff. We're moving from all little ones to early elementary. It's a change of seasons. I don't have the time I had before to do as many projects. I do want to appreciate what we have.

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    1. The transition from elementary to teen is wonderful for getting rid of stuff. I've been going through it. They don't want 'baby things" around, except of course, a few precious stuffed animals.

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