Now that I am back to my daily decluttering I decided to take yet another look through the storage cupboard in my laundry. This cupboard is quite useless in a way because it is not deep enough to store certain things I would like to keep in it but on the flip side it isn’t deep enough for things to get shuffled to and lost in the back of it. And yet there are still things in there that haven’t seen the light of day since we moved into this house three years ago.
I am giving myself the excuse that due to my blog I am only decluttering one thing a day and I just haven’t gotten around to these items yet but in reality I have gone through this cupboard more than once already and have been clinging on to these items for who knows what reason. I am going to list the items below and will analyse the reason I think they are still there and you can use that as an example of “This is what you should not do so let that be a lesson to you!”.
- Three round quilted pot holders – these come under the “MAYBE ONE DAY” category as they have been kept because they are still useful and may get used one day. I was given two other very nice new pot holders with scenes of Seattle as a leaving gift by a friend and those are the ones we choose to use regularly. We only use this style of pot holder to hold hot dishes when we eat in front of the television so they are unlikely to wear out any time soon. If I am being realistic these other three are likely to linger unused for a decade while wasting space in my house so for that reason they are going in the charity box.
- An apron – This comes under the “SENTIMENTAL” category. When I lived in Seattle one of the jobs I had required me to wear an apron and I was given permission to take it as a memento of my time there when I left. Needless to say it has also sat in that cupboard unused for three years and been passed over each time because of the personal attachment I had to it. I will never forget those times and the lovely people I worked with and I don’t need this sentimental clutter to help me to remember. So that’s another item for the charity box.
- A “so called” recyclable shopping bag – This item comes under the “FREE SO COULDN’T SAY NO” category. I am sure you can all relate to this one. Here is how the story goes. I went to a craft fair and as I entered the venue they were handing out free recyclable shopping bags, all pink and pretty and like a Bower Bird to a blue object I couldn’t resist. Against the better judgement going throw my head at the time I weakened and accepted the bag. I was already at about day 40 of my 365 less things challenge and should have known better but maybe I hadn’t really learned the art of resistance as well as I should of at that point. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. I have more than enough of these bags already so this one will go in the charity bin with the other items.
- A hand towel – Here we have one for the “SOMEONE MADE IT FOR ME” category, my mother-in-law in fact. (Barb if you are reading this please forgive me!) It was one of those things that seemed like it would suit my needs at the time so I accepted it graciously, used it a couple of times and then it seemed to work its way to the bottom of the pile. Usually one seeks things out that they find the most useful and use them over and over again so the fact that when I found this I thought “Oh, I forgot I had that” generally means it didn’t really work for me. So I will be good and put it in the charity bin even though I have pangs of guilt because Barb made it for me and she is a kind and generous person. (I thought I had better throw in a little extra groveling there just in case she is reading this.)
- One T-shirt – Unfortunately this one falls into the “WE SPENT GOOD MONEY ON THIS” category but with a twist. It wasn’t one of those impulse buys that you regret later on and wish you hadn’t wasted the money. It was more of a laundry accident situation. The t-shirt was a Manchester United jersey that probably cost my husband more money than I want know about. One would think that when a manufacturer makes a red shirt it would sensible to make all the white components of that shirt out of materials that won’t turn pink when you put the shirt in the red wash load where it belongs but alas they didn’t. So you can guess where I am going with this. My husband wouldn’t wear it as it was and after several unsuccessful attempts to turn the pink writing back to white again all I managed to succeed in doing was to fade the black stripe to grey while the writing was still pink. So it has sat in the cupboard for the last three years out of sheer guilt and the hope that I would come up with a solution. Now I think it is time I shed the burden by getting rid of it and the bad feeling along with it. I will put it in the charity bin and maybe someone else might not mind its imperfections.
So we have just about covered every weakness that causes clutter here in one 10 minute session of cleaning out a single cupboard. About the only category we didn’t touch on was “SHEER LAZINESS” and I would like to think that there isn’t anything in my home that is there purely because I am too lazy to carry it to the garbage can. That is something I couldn’t live with.
ITEM 273 OF 365 LESS THINGS
As it is supposed to be one item a day, even though I found 5 items, I will post them one at a time or a risk running out of things before the 365 days are up. Stay tuned for the others over the next week. This is the hand towel mentioned in today’s post.
5 Things I am Grateful for Today
- Leftover roast chicken dinner – Nothing like not having to cook when your husband is out of town, especially when the leftovers taste so good. (Homemade of course)
- Friends to have coffee and a chat with – today was spent catching up with the friends I missed while I was away.
- A warm house on a cool evening – spring may be here but the last couple of nights have been a little cool but the house warms up quite nicely during the day. (Not heaters required)
- Time – I have had plenty of that since I have been home so I have been able to settle in quite nicely.
- Encouragement – Thank you to all my wonderful blogger friends who have sent words of encouragement for my quest to find out what I want to be when I grow up. Now all I need is to do something about it.