Have you ever had stuff that you knew you should get rid of, but you just couldn't part with it? Maybe it was a box of baby clothes or your high school trophies. Taking up space and no longer needed but associated with great emotion.
That's how I felt about the 14 boxes of discontinued handmade paper that were sitting in the back storage cupboard at Botanical PaperWorks. Every shape, size and color imaginable, all papers that were long discontinued, but each box held a ton of memories. Memories like: "Remember when we did this order? We struggled to match up the pink but then suddenly we got it and the order turned out so fabulously."
We'd had these boxes for quite a while. We moved them from our old location last year May into the storage cupboard. And there they sat until one morning, on the way to work at 6:30 am, I happened to hear an interview by Terry McLeod on CBC AM. He was talking to Andrea and Melanie of Arts Junktion, a very cool local organization that collects items discarded by local business and redistributes them to teachers and artists in Winnipeg.
I thought "Now that's reduce, reuse, recycle!" and wondered if they'd take our 14 boxes of discontinued paper. I called, they responded with a YES and came by on Saturday to pick it up.
I had a moment of "Maybe I should keep it and someday we'll do something with it" but then I got excited thinking about the art classes and studios that would benefit from our donation, and you know what? It was EASY to let it go. Good bye. So long.
Now we're 14 boxes lighter and I feel great. Thanks Andrea and Melanie for coming by, and I hope to be making many more donations in the future!