Written by Patty Servidio, email@example.com Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00
As I begin today’s column, my daughter is in full fledged “clear-out” mode. It began last night, after she opened her “store” on Vinted.com.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the website/application, it’s a place where you can purchase and sell gently-used items. You can open a “store” to sell those items which you no longer wish to keep, or you can purchase someone else’s previously worn merchandise. Basically, it’s an online thrift store, which my daughter regularly peruses.
Since yesterday, I began to find several of her discards on my dresser. Some of them are actually quite adorable, and I’m certain that I will wear them — as long as they fit. There’s a rather stark difference between our body shapes, so I’m hoping that they will make it past my hips. About a half hour ago, she deposited a rather large pile onto my bed, in the hopes that I might be able to use them — otherwise, they will all be brought to Savers in Hempstead. Savers donates their proceeds to Big Brothers, Big Sisters; we regularly schedule pick-up service with their charity.
Now that I have become the owner of said pile, it prompted me to do a little clearing out of my own. I haven’t done it in quite some time; several of my dresser drawers are missing handles, for I have added items from her closet over the years, without discarding anything that I haven’t worn in a while.A recent article in AARP magazine got me thinking, after having seen the condition of my drawers. Do I really want to leave all of my accumulated “stuff” behind when I am gone, so that my daughter has to clear it out? Wouldn’t it be so much easier for me to take care of it now?
I know that this would make my husband deliriously happy. Several times this year, I’ve heard him mutter, “Packus Ratus”, whenever he gets hit on the head with something that has fallen out of the closet. It’s because things aren’t placed back properly in the closet, and not because there is an overabundance of contents within. However, it becomes the impetus to begin our own “clear out” of cabinets, closets, and anything else that might appear to be “overflowing.”
Over the years, we tend to accumulate lots of things — wedding favors, an item purchased at a beloved vacation getaway, treasured handmade gifts that a child made in class, or even clothing. The old saying, “If it hasn’t been worn in a year, get rid of it” might sound wonderful in theory, but in reality, do we ever truly carve out the time to clean out a closet, or toss away those magazines that we have yet to read?
We own a little ranch and many of you can understand how easy it is to grow out of your home rather quickly. Over the years, we’ve donated, tossed out, and held yard sales in order to keep the accumulation at bay. Somehow, it seems to keep piling up — and the spare time that we thought that we had ends up being used to tackle other projects. And suddenly, we have an overwhelmingly large task on our hands that would best be handled by a professional.
According to the magazine article, the writer suggests that one should tackle a small job first, in order to feel less overwhelmed. Once the task is completed, there is a sense of resolve, which serves as a motivation to complete the job.
I’ve just finished clearing out my dresser. I think I can handle clearing out that closet…and perhaps a cabinet or two…and perhaps, the phrase “Packus Ratus” can finally be put to rest.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.
A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.
State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.
“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.
However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization
— From Hicksville High School
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.