February 22, 2011 7:42pm CST
I have noticed that there are many things at our house which we haven't used for many years, yet they are just there filling the shelves, gathering dusts. We have so many glasses, plates , thermos , spoons & forks . We have sandwich maker , food processor & other cooking things , but we never get to use them . They are all wrapped in plastics . For the past years whenever we have some parties, we would buy disposable plates, spoons & forks. We don't use thermo anymore because we use electric airpot. We don't use the sandwich maker because it's more convenient to use the oven toaster. Yet, they are there at our shelves because my mother-in-law just wants them there. Why are the old ones like that? They don't want to part with things they don't use but just let it be there. if i have the authority at our house, i would dispose all of them to free the house from them that only gathers dust!
26 Feb 11
The one thing I hate in the house is clutter. Specially if it were unusable things. Like you, I would definitely dispose of them. If it gathers dust, then it is just adding more work in the household. Convince your mother-in-law to dispose of those things. Sell them on ebay to get money out of them. If she wouldn't agree, it would just slowly disappear from the house. If it were me of course.
24 Feb 11
The attachment to things is not limited to the oldies, even the younger ones have that kind of attachment to some of the things they love. The main reason is we tend to have an emotional attachment to those objects. Another explanation I can think of is the inability of a person to face change, in your case, you mother in law has already develop a sense of security with those things around her and we can't blame her because there's a big possibility she can relate those things about some important events that happened in the past. This reminds me of the things that we no longer use and my wife just sends them home to her parents. When we go on vacation, I often see those things around shelves collecting dust.