The time has passed soooo quickly and things are nearly gone. We are down to the basics in the cabinets- plates, cups, bowls, mugs for two people. Today I sorted the cooking utensils. It was fun to clean out that part of the kitchen. As I touched each item I thought about the ways I had used them in the past. Serving meals for large groups of friends and family or making fancy home made items. Then I remembered why I saved them- the ideas of making biscuits with the biscuit cutter and fluted crusts for pies with the ruffle edge cutter. I don’t think I need an egg timer or a basting brush any more. I sure don’t need the small flat tool with scalloped edges to decorate fine birthday cakes. I also can give away the cutting board that is so large (30″ x 30″) that it has to be stored in a place that I never see it. That sort of sums up all this stuff- if I never see it, why am I keeping it?
Then there are the more personal items that are dwindling. Why did I have three pairs of rain/snow boots? I live in Arizona! It does rain sometimes (today) and even snow. But one pair of boots will get me through that “storm”. So I shipped them off to my friend in Portland. And while the box was open I tossed in another pair of shoes and some jewelry. There is still plenty of that to go around. That box was fun to mail, and I know she will be thrilled when she opens it!
Another interesting set of items to part with was my personalized stuff. Growing up with a somewhat unusual first name meant that I never found my name on a license plate for my bike or a coffee mug at a truck stop. But I had acquired quite a few “Geneva” items from my moms handiwork, special orders and even trips to Switzerland. I started a “Geneva” box and tossed in all the items I came across. When I had time, I found a person named Geneva on Facebook with a mutual friend. I trolled through her page a bit and then messaged her with my offer. She accepted and the box was sent. I have not heard back yet, but a $30 shipping cost is easy compared to the hassle of storing a box full of “Geneva”.
Last weekend we delivered 3 bags of clothing items to the area women’s shelter. I hope that is useful to someone. We also got rid of hundreds of hangers and a box of misc household stuff. A fun way to start is to grab a cardboard box and toss in 2 things from each room. Then post the box (with a general description) on Craigslist or Freecycle and wait for a response. It is very cathartic to watch someone else walk away with your stuff! Someone even wanted the half- finished project that I had all the parts for!!
The next thing to tackle is the area under the bathroom sink and the medicine cabinet. I am not sure that I need to keep a half-bottle of mouthwash, or a bar of soap that I did not like. Any what to do with all the nail polish? I have not polished nails in about 10 years! The real challenge is the partial prescriptions for various maladies- stomach, cough, infection, pain, etc. It seems wasteful to discard them when there are people in the world that cannot afford medication. But there are laws that restrict the redistribution of them. Too bad. So I will research a “dump your drugs” location and get rid of all this medication. And even the stuff that I bought to try to mend the flu or nurse a cold. If I get ill, I know I will go buy a new box of the latest fad, so why keep all these from recent years?
I would love to keep telling you about the purging. Because it is truly a freeing feeling. But the dogs are looking at the open cabinet doors with curiosity, and I have much to do. The real estate folks come on Monday for photos. The open house starts next weekend. I have work to do.