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A Cowboy’s Faith: Dispersing that unneeded ‘stuff’

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“A lot of stuff can pile up in more than seven decades.”

That’s true for many, probably most, yet others just “throw away” whatever they aren’t using regularly. They don’t have anything around that doesn’t have a present necessary use.

“If something hasn’t been used in the past five years, it’s not needed so just get rid of it.” Such philosophy is also common, yet definitely not always the case.

Financial records are important to keep for years as reference for management, taxation, assistance programs, and other purposes. Impossible to prove much of anything by word of mouth.

While there is generally no economic worth, photos and scrapbooks often have considerable sentimental value. It’s fun to remember and see how people and life change through time.

“I don’t want to throw anything away, because I might want it sometime.” Those most conservative who’ve never had much feel that way about certain possessions. A favorite worn out shirt, coat, boots, or hat might be kept for no reason except “I like them.”

Still there are hoarders who keep absolutely everything. Every building is overflowing with what is really “junk,” absolutely worthless to them or anybody else.

Still, what seems worthless to one can have certain value to somebody else. That might be as small as a pair of pliers to as major as an old car or tractor.

Animals can be included in the “too many” categories as well. Stories are common about those with large numbers of dogs and cats, such they don’t or even can’t take care for them. Yet, for some reason they find it hard if not impossible to downsize.

Farmers are some of the worst about keeping unused worn-out equipment. Fact is apparent by large accumulations around many farmsteads, especially of the older generation.

“It’s time to get everything in order, because the successors have little or no interest in what there is left.” Simply said, “Just get rid of the clutter and get organized.”

Old farm paraphernalia, clothing, and papers are being dispersed, but there’s still plenty remaining for be usefully stored and filed. Even horse population is down sharply.

Reminded of Ecclesiastes 11:2: “Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around, be a blessing to another.” And, Second Chronicles 24:13: “They labored and organized to get the house in order.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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