Clutter Challenge: Something Useless

Let’s say your husband is the kind of big-hearted guy who takes bags of kibble with him when he travels so he can feed stray reservation dogs.

And let’s say one of those dogs swept him off his feet with its charm and excessive politeness. That she batted her eyelashes at him as she approached the kibble, daintily ate just the right amount for her and then stepped back to let her pals finish it off.

And let’s say your husband then drove off but couldn’t get her out of his mind. And so he called a shoestring rescue outfit who couldn’t get back down there for a week but when they did, they found her and brought her back to Colorado. And then let’s say your husband casually lets you know he has an appointment at 9 am on Saturday to “go see the dog”.

Game over. You (by which I mean me) now have a new dog, who turns out to be 8 months old, street savvy and as rambunctiously puppyish as you might imagine.

Now let’s say someone accidentally leaves the brand new leash you bought for her in the brand new crate you also bought with the brand-new-to-you puppy on the ride home.

If you want to hold onto the puppy who’s street smart but not at all trained, you’ll replace that leash immediately. Yes, you bought it hours ago. Yes, it feels like a huge waste of money to get rid of something you just bought. But it’s worse than useless. It’s going to get thrown out eventually, so why not do it right away? While you’re at it, get rid of those cute toys the new puppy shredded on sight too. It doesn’t matter that you bought them today – they’ve already become useless and it’s time to get them out of here.

Let’s say your partner would never do this and no puppy is making it through your front door. I’m willing to bet there’s still something you’re holding onto that’s useless but it feels too soon to say goodbye to. Instead of ageing it in the basement or the hall closet, why not cut to the chase and make it your Send it away Saturday today?

meeting the puppy

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