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Needless Things

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

One of the side benefits of not buying anything made in china for a month seems to be keeping me from buying crap I don’t need. I saw super cute mugs at Starbucks the other day. Love them, but they were made in china. Do I need them? No. Would I have bought them if I wasn’t doing the project? Maybe. It surely will keep me from buying random stuff in Target. We were there the other day and there was a lawn sprinkler on clearance for like $8. Do we need it? No. Would it be handy to have – someday? Yes. Did we buy it? No. Would we have purchased it normally? Totally. It was a bargain. On a sad note, the project may keep me from buying fun Fall shoes. I normally buy a pair of flats from Target every season, with the plan to wear the hell out of them for 3 months and toss them when they wear out. I haven’t checked yet, but I’m thinking that is not going to happen. I have plenty of shoes. I will survive.

Stuff

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Some days I feel like I am drowning in stuff. Toys, dishes, kitchen appliances, clothes – you name it. Most of it is my own fault, I tend to pick up a t-shirt here and a hand towel there and before you know it, every closet is stuffed full. What kills me is how little of the stuff I really need. I still have a trash bag in the corner of the bedroom full of shoes from when we emptied our closet to have our floors refinished. In May. Of 2009. Clearly, I don’t need these shoes.

It isn’t the baby’s stuff, although I will admit at times I fine the toy pile oppressive. It is just my stuff. The piles of clothes I still don’t fit in to, work clothes I don’t need anymore and probably will not be in fashion when I go back, the still unsorted boxes of stuff from my parent’s old house that have been shoved into the backs of closet since we moved into this house in 2007. Thank god I mostly broke my Sephora habit or the bathroom would be overflowing too. Stuff is everywhere.

I either need to have a massive purge or institute a 1 in 2 out policy.  I also need to take a hard look at what I own versus what I am actually using. For instance, we got a rice cooker as a gift from our wedding in 2004 and I have never used it. The rice cooker is lovely, I registered for it. I just don’t cook rice. It has been hogging space for 6 years and it is time for it to go. Ditto the panini press. The crock pot and food processor I think I will keep for now and I am happy that I already unloaded the bread machine.

Not sure how I should get rid if stuff, though. Should I just thrift it or attempt to get some cash via craig’s list? I don’t have the energy to put together a whole garage sale and would like to get rid of stuff as I go. I think this might have to be a slow and steady process. I could work a room at a time, or just unload things as I think of them. I hope I stick with this. I would love an empty closet. Or even a shelf.

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