As I’m purging my kitchen of unneeded gizmos, receptacles, and gadgets (and also watching my husband gradually purge the garage), I realize how many times I picked up something because it was a “steal”.
The problem with buying into that notion is that these things steal needed space which makes clutter and extra work when it’s time to clean house.
Anything that hasn’t been used in 12 months is probably not needed. Additionally, anything that does something you rarely need, or only does it once a year (exceptions for Christmas and Thanksgiving, of course, may not be a steal, although it is a stealer of space and peace.
So far I’ve rid myself of:
- 5 sheets sets
- 10 board games
- 5 water bottles
- 2 kitchen gadgets
- an old tea kettle
- countless “Tupperware” containers
I’m not looking forward to the toy box and closet of my youngest children. Maybe I can get their sisters to take them somewhere to spare us all the wailing, gnashing of teeth and beating of the chest over toys they haven’t touched and clothes they haven’t worn in a year or more.
I’m digressing. what was the lesson here? Oh, yes:
It’s not a deal if you don’t really need it.