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Would You Like To Receive A Postcard?

Would you like to receive a handwritten postcard in the mail?

Of course, who wouldn’t?!

Here’s why I ask…

A few days ago I stumbled across the 40 Bags In 40 Days Decluttering Challenge.

Immediately I felt inspired and terrified.

Inspired because I was reminded when I could literally carry everything I owned on my back. Life was simpler then. I felt free to explore replacing things with experiences. With less I had more.

Yet, simultaneously terrified because I’ve acquired…things. I’m not touring or living abroad anymore. I’ve put down roots and those roots have blossomed into piles of stuff I can’t put on my back. Suddenly my inability to say no to family keepsakes or the doodads in garage sale free-boxes is catching up with me.

Athena has even taken to (lovingly) calling me a “hoarder.” However, there is some truth to this. I come from a long line of shit savers…

Like my dad. For some reason in his garage he has boxes of snowmobile and hunting magazines from the ’80s… It’s not entirely his fault though, just look at the example my grandparents set in their garage:

Too nice to be inside today so I started on Grandma & Grandpa's garage. #family #circleoflife

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See? Totally hereditary!

But that doesn’t mean I can’t change. (Even if change is difficult.)

Clearing out the big stuff is easy. This week I donated a carload of household goods. Next week I’ll do the same.

However, there are some things I just can’t toss…

Like this pair of maracas from Mexico gifted to me by my brother’s godmother in the ’90s. Or the clock behind me that belonged to my grandfather who died a few months ago.

The big items are easy to spot and discard. It’s the little things that weight me down. Subconsciously I think if something’s small it won’t take up a lot of space.

Which is probably why I have 100+ postcards in a pile on a shelf…


Postcards are special. I can’t just put them in box for someone at Goodwill to find.

Postcards are made to be sent to people. People like YOU!

Please help me declutter my life by requesting a postcard.

Not only will these postcards go to appreciative homes, but the recipient (you) are also providing me with a small concrete writing task.

That’s win-Win-WIN!

Do you like mail?

Will you share your address? If so, I’ll jot some thoughts!

Email the address here: email(@)michaelvenske(.)com.

And if you’re feeling generous help pay for postage.

Otherwise, just send the address and I’ll take care of the rest.

Thanks in advance for helping declutter my life!


P.S. If you feel weird about getting a postcard for free click here to buy a postcard from Australia, or here from Portugal, or even mystical Malaysia.