Saturday, November 22, 2008

Save, save, save!

I like to save things.  No, it is worse than that.  I hoard things.  Oh no, I'm a hoarder!  OK, so what is wrong with me?  Why can't I throw things away?  I always hear myself saying that I might need it for school, or I could use this in scouts.  Those 5 gal. ice cream buckets are great when you need to take a meal into a family.  They are just the right size for a large pot of soup and the family does not have to worry about returning the container.  So is there a reason I need ten of those?

I decided it was time to clean my pantry.  I had to.  I couldn't get the door to close.  I really had to give myself a talking to.  "It is time to throw some things away," I told myself.  Let me see what can go?  The margarine containers!  The margarine containers?  Now why was I saving margarine containers?  Oh, yes, they are nice for leftovers.  Then you can just take it to work, heat it up, and throw away the container when you finish eating!  So why do I keep bringing them back home and washing them?  I call it recycling.  No, it is called hoarding!  At any rate I have talked myself into throwing way the old margarine containers.  One garbage can full of margarine containers later I can close the door.  You will never believe what else I threw away.  Oh that's right you will believe it, of course you would have thrown it away a long time ago, it is me that can't believe it.  I went through the dry goods.  Those #10 cans that you get in dry pack.  I threw away two cans of fruit drink, one chocolate pudding, one vanilla pudding, raspberry flavored dried apples, and part of a can of macaroni.  Why?  Old.  Really old.  Plus Joe can't have the sugar in the drink and the pudding.  Now I keep going back to the pantry and opening the door just so I can see it shut again.  Wow that is so cool.

Now as I type I am looking at the stack of phone books.  Why do I need 5 phone books in the kitchen?  It looks like something else needs to go.


Les, Melanie and Emma Mounteer said...

I am so proud of you. I know how hard it is to get rid of things that you think you will need. Even if the event is far, far, far into the future. Moving twice in the past 2 years has helped me get rid of a lot of stuff. If you want help with it I would be glad to help you when we are there for Thanksgiving. Love ya!

Mar~ said...

I suffer from the opposite.

I LOVE to throw things away. I get a thrill out of sending things to those in need, sending things to be recycled and I love to throw out things too. But I always find that not too long after I have gotten rid of something that I thought I would never need again, I need it. That bothers me.

But I love to have my home feel clutter free even more, so I get rid of more stuff.

With 6 of us in the household, it feels like we always have too much!

Jen said...

I know what you mean. Kelly and I took a load the the dump. In that load was old furniture, broken t.v, broken vacuum, and it goes on. We got rid of 770 lbs and it feels great. We just loaded the trailer and took it to K&K. It cost us less than $12.00 to dump it. i don't miss any of it. And to top it off, I will be able to park in my garage this winter! Let me know if you need any help, I plan on another trip to the dump before Chridtmas.