I have begun to look at a lot of things in my home through a filter of â€œdoes it bug meâ€?Â Itâ€™s kind of the opposite of â€œdoes it spark joyâ€.Â Like the embellished sweatshirt that I had loved for years.Â One day I just realized out of the blue that things about it were bugging me!Â So I took it off and threw it in the trash bin.
There is a pair of slippers that, while wearable and donâ€™t look too ratty, I donâ€™t especially enjoy wearing because they are hard to keep on my feet.Â So they are in my sightsâ€¦
Recently I found a half empty jar of jam in the fridge.Â It didnâ€™t look or smell bad but I remembered it came into the house several months ago so rather than worry about someone getting sick on it, I tossed it.Â It bugged me that something potentially sickening was taking up room in the fridge.
Something I got rid of a while ago was a color photo of an old barn surrounded by fall foliage that we had had framed when we were first married (over 30 years ago).Â I always loved that photo.Â Â But it started to bug me because it had faded.Â It hurt me to look at it like that, when it had been so vibrant.
We are using up and passing along extras of shampoos and lotions and the like because having so many around the bathtub bugs me.
There are some plates that were stored out of the way in our attic.Â They were bugging me because I donâ€™t need them or prefer them but they take up space.Â I want our attic to be mostly cleared out because we will be too old before you know it to fetch things up there.Â I am planning to offer them to our daughter who is getting married.Â If she doesnâ€™t want them & my husband doesnâ€™t care, they will be donated.
I bought a deviled egg holder which itself was shaped like a large egg (Easter themed) years ago.Â It was a cute idea but it bugged me because it never got used.Â Itâ€™s outta here!
Several spice mixes found their way to the compost & recycle container recently.Â It bugged me that I spent money on them but no one used them.Â So, it made me feel bad every time I saw them, not like I was somehow saving money by keeping them.
Alright now you will all know that Iâ€™m crazyâ€¦ I have a string of LED Christmas lights that have the â€œbig color bulbsâ€ like the old ones used to have.Â I had them up on a beam between our living room and dining room for several years sort of as a night light (all year!).Â I have loved them since I got them.Â Right around Christmas 2015, I noticed that one of the â€œbulbsâ€ was burnt out.Â When I investigated, I found that it wasnâ€™t fixable.Â So, down came the lights.Â They are currently lighting a window frame in my bedroomâ€¦ They are not yet in full â€œbug meâ€ mode but I see the day comingâ€¦
I feel like I am getting more in tune with my (bad) feelings about my stuff for some reason.Â So, maybe you can â€œsniff aroundâ€ your home for something that has been bugging you lately.Â Some ideas:
Shoes that hurt your feet or back
Clothes that require constant tugging to hang properly on you
Underwear that isnâ€™t â€œbrokenâ€ but doesnâ€™t fit right or help you look good
Socks that rub your toes or are too tight at the ankles, too loose, or have holes
Containers of any sort that are hard or unwieldy to open and/or close
Hair products or any hygiene product that you hate using
Cleaning products that you hate the smell of
Furniture that drags down the look of your home or is uncomfortable
Vacuum that forces you to go over the same spot multiple times
Blender that takes too long to blend
Frayed or stained linens
Pillows that hurt your neck
Throw pillows that annoy you
Anything thatâ€™s hard to clean
DÃ©cor that youâ€™re tired of
Chipped or scratched plates and cookware
Here are a couple ofÂ comments made by Peggy in the past so you can get to know here better.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow