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Dear Readers,

This past Saturday while on my A.M. walk, I encountered 3 yard sales.  One was a large affair sponsored by a local charity with rows of  long tables laden with stuff.  The other two were small sales in the front yards of the promoters.  A campaign poster of FDR was prominently displayed leaning against the trunk of a tree.  (Don’t know if it was an original, but it did catch my eye!)  Prospective customers were parking their cars on the street and rapidly walking over to the yard in search of some neat, cheap stuff.  By the way, Richard Rubin writes in the July-August issue of AARP magazine that “Yard sales are where you go when you want stuff to find you”.

I started to think what a big part of our lives is devoted to stuff.  And by “stuff” I mean those things that aren’t necessary or vital to our survival.

First, we go out to shop for stuff at yard sales, the mall or even online.  Stuff has to be paid for; either by cash or credit cards that are sometimes laden with large unpaid balances.  Then we drive home and have to decide where to put this stuff; either in bulging closets, on overloaded shelves or hung on the wall.  In some cases, cleaning this stuff becomes a part of owning it.

After a while, we tire of this stuff and then it is stored away.  Have read ads touting the value of renting storage space for extra stuff.  Of course, there is a fee for this privilege.  Moving to a new home or relocating out-of-town forces us to pay to move all this stuff.

Do we really need all this stuff?  It does make us happy temporarily; but it eventually becomes heavy baggage in our lives.  The next time you are tempted to shop for “stuff”, think about the hassles involved in owning it.  After all, no one has ever taken any stuff with them into the next life!

Keep smilin’!

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First KISS Tip

Dear Readers,
Today Mimi is going to introduce her first KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) tip.
 
Purchase the same color towels for all bathrooms (preferably white) to keep laundry simple.  Everything goes into one load.  I like white because it doesn’t fade, the towels can be sanitized in hot water and using bleach occasionally will keep them sparkling!
 
You can always put the fancy colored towels out for visitors.  But for everyday simplicity and ease, nothing beats white towels; ditto for white sheets.
 
Keep smilin’!

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