Cindyâ€™s Weekly Wisdom
The Fear: What if I need it? What if I want it? What if I use it more than I think I do?
Itâ€™s real. I know it is. If you canâ€™t jump in, at least stick your toe in the water. Itâ€™s fine. Youâ€™ll see.
My kitchen is pretty lean and mean, but one day something got cock-eyed in the measuring cup drawer, and I had to jerk with all my might. That made me take another look at what was in the drawer. I had two full sets of measuring cups, plus a couple of unmatched cups and the same with the measuring spoons. As I said, I consider my kitchen to be lean and mean, â€œjust rightâ€ if you will, so I wasnâ€™t sure I could part with anything in there. On the other hand, that did seem like a lot of measuring tools. I took out all the duplicates and put them on a pretty tray by the toaster oven â€“ still in the kitchen, not looking too cluttery, and right at hand if I wanted them back. A couple of weeks passed, and I took a good look at what was on the tray. I took back one little measuring cup and put the rest in the thrift store bag. At first I was only able to stick my toe in the water, but a few weeks later, I was able to jump.
When I decluttered the pantry (which I discussed back on day 349), I moved the broom and mops to the laundry room. I planned to hang them on the back wall, so initially I just leaned them there, as I had no hooks. I quickly realized that I would rather hang them where the ironing board hangs. This is a full-size ironing board; we have a smaller one built into our bathroom wall, and my husband uses it daily. I hadnâ€™t planned on decluttering the ironing board. It hangs neatly in an out-of-the-way location, and I use it occasionally. (Very occasionally.) I leaned the broom and mops by the ironing board and confirmed that I liked this location for them much better, but there wasnâ€™t room for them and the ironing board. This was my moment of putting my toe in the water. I left them leaning there, and every time I went into the laundry room I wondered if I would regret getting rid of the ironing board. The fact that I didnâ€™t consider moving the board to a different location was my first clue that I could live without it. A few more weeks passed, I got hooks for the broom and mops, and I very much like them in their new location. The ironing board, I realized, I could live without.
My give-away bag acts as a bit of a safety net too. While most of the time, itâ€™s a one-way ticket to the thrift store, very occasionally, Iâ€™ve pulled something back out of the bag. You can give yourself permission to do this too, so long are youâ€™re not undermining your efforts with a frequent in-then-out. If magazines and newspapers are your clutter downfalls, you can use your recycling bin as a safety net. Go ahead and â€œstoreâ€ your problem paper items in the basket. When itâ€™s time to empty it, well, you obviously didnâ€™t really need those things anyway.
Itâ€™s ok to try before you purge, so come on it; the waterâ€™s fine!
Item 363Â of 365 less things
I rather like these boots but they are coming apart in the from seam and repairing them isn’t an option. I will donate them though because maybe someone won’t be as fussy as me.
5 Things I am grateful for today
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow.