Get Rid of The Old and Try Something New

Once you’re retired you have a lot of hours to fill.  Your workplace schedule is behind you as well as the anticipation of new assignments and projects.  It’s easy to fall into a routine of always doing the same thing week after week – bank on Tuesday, bowling on Friday, watching The Walking Dead on TV every Sunday.  First you’re bored, then you’re boring.  Do you respond with, “same old stuff,” “nothing new,” “same old, same old,” etc.

March 2nd is National Old Stuff Day and it not only means getting rid of all that old clutter, it encourages you to try something new.  It’s a day to break out of at least some of your old routines and experience new ones – to do things differently.

a clutter of old items

How to observe “Old Stuff Day”

1.  Try something new

Approach this day with a new attitude.  Take a moment to contemplate your life and the same old – and sometimes boring – things you do each day.

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Is there an alternative, or a better, more efficient way to do things?  Take the opportunity to shake things up.  Why not add a new activity or hobby to spice up your routine?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Take something old and freshen it up – fix it, paint it, give it a hair cut.
  • Learn something new about a topic you know well.
  • Take a different route.
  • Figure out how to use an old item for a new use.
  • Look at things from a new perspective (kids are great at having a unique way of seeing things).
  • Get rid of an old habit.
  • Order something different off the menu instead of your regular meal.

Get out and do something amazing.

2.  Ditch the clutter

It’s astounding how much stuff people can accumulate.  If you’ve lived in your home for some time you’re bound to have old stuff gathering dust. Spend the day sorting out your crammed closets, basement or garage and get rid of any old things you don’t use anymore.  They’re simply taking up space.  Ask some friends to help you get started and make a party out of it.  Who knows, your friends might want some of the things you no longer want.

Spring clean your wardrobe.  Toss out broken items – you know you’re never going to fix them.  Donate still useful items to charity and more interesting finds to your local museum – chances are someone could use them.  If you have heirlooms tucked away that you are hanging on to for your children, why not give them to them now?

3.  Turn old into new

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

If you’re crafty you could repurpose, reuse and upcycle the old and turn them into something new and useful.

You could make the transformation with found or vintage clothing or other items at flea markets or thrift stores.  Even better, use an item of your own that has some meaning to you.

Pinterest is a great source of creative ideas.

4.  Appreciate your old stuff

It’s also a day for nostalgia and appreciating your old stuff.  While going through your long sealed-up boxes you might uncover something really awesome your forgot all about.  It’s time to pull them out and put them to use.  Why not eat dinner on your great grandmother’s china, find a place of honour for a family heirloom or look through old photos and reflect on past events.

Collectors will pay you handsomely for old jewelry, toys, board games, vintage clothing and even old video games that have gained value over the years.  Or start a vintage collection of your own. 

Even more valuable than inanimate objects is the wisdom and knowledge we can get from older family members who would love to spend a little time with you talking about “the olden days.”

The bottom line

National Old Stuff Day is all about re-visiting – or even getting rid of – anything old in your life and trying something new.

Whatever you do, try to make your day different – not the same old day it was yesterday.

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2 Responses

  1. Gin says:

    Lovely post, thanks. It is fun to do something new, just takes a bit of a nudge sometimes to do so, like this article 🙂

    • Marie Engen says:

      Thanks Gin. That in fact is my theme for this year. It’s so easy to fall into a rut and, like you say, it might take a bit of effort to climb out of it, but it’s worth it.

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