Sanford and Son. Television in the 70’s. You can hear the theme song in your head now if you know the show.
I’m sorry if it stays with you for a few days. You remember Fred Sanford and his son, __________. (Come on, you know his name.) The two of them owned a junkyard business and lived on the property. If you haven’t seen that show for a while you should visit You Tube and watch part of an episode. Filmed live before a studio audience.
Fred spent most shows looking for his next get-rich-quick scheme which always ended in failure. Now that’s hilarious comedy. Can we learn from Fred as we strive to end the junk that surrounds us? Well, darn it…let’s try.
First, don’t own and live in a junkyard. Second, stay away from suspenders and cardigan sweaters when dressing to de-clutter. Next, ignore Aunt Esther. She’ll always tell you you can’t do it. Finally, don’t clutch your chest and yell, “Elizabeth, I’m coming to join you!” when you get overwhelmed. Everyone knows you’re just bluffing.
If you’re like most families, you have a Sanford and Son closet, cabinet, drawer…just like the Duffy family used to have in their house. Rather than trying to dive into another unrealistic get-organized-quick scheme, pick one area you want to conquer. One thing at a time. If you get stuck, get in touch with a professional organizer or a friend who can help you. Just get started.
By the way, it’s Lamont.