Do you feel rich in your possessions or poor? Feeling poor makes it difficult to get rid of things that are no longer needed, wanted or valued. It induces hoarding and the suspicion that you really might need that someday.
Might you really?
Feeling rich in your possessions allows you to let things go. It allows you to feel sure that thereâ€™s no lack of items in the world, and thereâ€™s certainly not, at least not in the world of anyone whoâ€™s reading this blog. Certainly our fortunes may change, but itâ€™s unlikely that anything you may declutter today would mean the difference between salvation and poverty in the future.
My husband told a joke about engineers who like to tinker. The punchline is that none of them ever uses the stuff they collect, and when they get rid of it, they pass it to another engineer to store in theirgarage.
He went on to tell me what I already believe: That there are few items so unique and so precious that they cannot be replaced if you find you really cannot live without them. While that exact item may be difficult to find, something very similar will surely be available, perhaps at the thrift store, perhaps on Ebay, perhaps in your friendâ€™s garage.
Iâ€™m sure most of you read my post commemorating my 365th day of decluttering. I said that the only thing I regretted getting rid of was the cracking lid to a 13Ã—9 metal pan. Amazingly enough, in the Lost and Found cleaned up, there was a perfect 13Ã—9 pan with a lid. My friend Jennifer has one just like it, and she takes delicious mint brownies to all the school functions in it, so I called her to confirm it wasnâ€™t hers. It wasnâ€™t, and now itâ€™s mine. All I needed was 1) to want something and 2) to wait. Everything you need is available to you, and you just have to wait for it to appear.
Jenniferâ€™s Delicious Mint Brownies
- 4 squares of unsweetened bakers chocolate
- 1 C butter
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 C sugar
- 1/2 t mint extract
- 1 C flour, sifted
- 1/4 t of salt
Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Cool and add remaining ingredients. Pour batter into a well greased 13Ã—9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Let your brownies cool.
- 2 T butter
- 2 C powdered sugar
- 2 T milk
- 1 t mint extract
- green food coloring (optional)
Cream the butter, gradually add the powdered sugar. Add the milk, mint and food coloring. Frost the brownies and refrigerate.
- 2 square unsweetened bakerâ€™s chocolate
- 2 T butter
Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Mix well and pour over frosting, spreading until the brownies are completely covered. Cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
(For my diabetic friends, I figured these have 775 carbohydrates for the entire pan.)