Getting rid of the unnecessary ‘stuff’

Published 6:47 pm Friday, January 26, 2018

Last week, I cleaned-out closets, cabinets and drawers.

This is something I try to do a few times a year. Some of you may think this job sounds laborious and tedious. It is, but afterwards I get a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.

During my process of downsizing and reorganizing, I was astonished as to how many t-shirts one (hubby) can accumulate in just a matter of months.

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And just as a little footnote, I was the only one at home for the clean out, so there was no arguing and gnashing of teeth of what needed to go and what needed to stay.

As for me, I had collected an endless supply of household cleaners. You know the ones that promise to make the job easier.

Well the job was made easier this past weekend after I tossed them out to make room for only those cleaners that are tried and true.

I cleaned for two days from sunup to sundown, getting rid of excess, and by the end of the purge, I had managed to bundle up three loads of clothes and shoes that I took to the River City Rescue Mission. Also, I had filled up enough trash bags to pack out the outside garbage can.

Afterwards, I couldn’t help myself.

I just had to stand in the closets and open my neatly organized drawers and cabinets, just so I could admire the fruits of my labor.


This week, I have been recollecting on my weekend clean-out, and it got me thinking.

It is not just closets and drawers that fill up with unnecessary “stuff,” our minds and hearts can also become crowded with junk, too.

I know because there have been many times I will continue to play scenarios over and over in my mind, recalling past hurts or mistakes.

I have spent way too much energy ruminating on these things when I should have let them go.

So just like the dress in my closet that will never fit the same way anymore or the pair of shoes that are out of style, I need to get rid of these unnecessary items that take up space, both physical and mental.

It is time to do a little house cleaning within myself.

I know it will not be easy. It is hard to let go of something that has been with you for a long time, but if it is anything like the satisfaction I felt from cleaning out my closet, I can hardly wait to stand back and revel in my success.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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