Over the past few years, my mindset regarding "stuff" has shifted from having it - wanting things to be around in case I want to read/watch/use it - to one of not having. I use the library instead of buying books; I don't randomly buy DVDs anymore; most of the clothes I buy are thrifted and thus cheaper and one less thing for a landfill. I'm much more deliberate about what I buy in general - I'd rather spend money on good food (ingredients and meals) than another DVD I sorta like.
A few months ago and sporadically since then, Andrew and I have done some major spring cleaning and went through our closets, bookcases, dvds, cupboards and purged a TON of stuff. Clothes went to Goodwill (two garbage bags worth) and I FINALLY got rid of my favorite shirt from middle/high school - my 1997 Tator Trot shirt. Seriously, it had more holes than swiss cheese. All of our tupperware definitely has a matching lid now and I got serious about the "one in, one out" policy regarding wedding presents, since I don't need two 8x13 cake pans. We sold several bags worth of books and DVDs to a secondhand store and I have 5 or so books listed on Amazon, trying to sell them for more than the bookstore would buy them.
We cleaned the closet that weekend!
This picture is from yesterday, so the closet cleaning stuck pretty well over the past few months.
We got rid of enough books to clear off one whole shelf plus parts of others:
We also sold enough DVDs to have a whole shelf for game:
Yes, that is one of Sam's toys on the floor... a Target dog that he ripped the stuffing from its guts.
It's been really good to weed out our belongings and get rid of things I know we won't use. Now that we've gone most of our stuff, I'm now beginning to purge some other areas such as... the fridge!
We have 3 half bottles of meat marinade. I'm making meal plans that include using these up.
4 types of mustard! Andrew's responsible for this one since I hate mustard. He keeps bringing some home after his work camping trips.
Two identical bottles of stir-fry sauce. Seriously.
Two nearly empty bottles of salad dressing. I'd been making my own balsamic vinaigrette whenever I wanted dressing, so these got shoved to the back. I'm actively using them up now.
Other things to purge:
Hotel shampoo and soap. I've got a big bag of it and apart from maybe keeping a few bottles for traveling, I'm going to use them all up. I imagine this might take some time, since there's at least a few washings worth in each bottle.
Tea candles! We had a bunch of candles left over from our wedding, including some much larger ones. They were just sitting in the closet and I pulled them out during the original purge back in April. I've been using them up since then and I went through 6-8 of the larger candles and have now started on the tea candles.
Slowly but surely, I'm going to use up all of this extra stuff. It's not quite as fast as bringing it to Goodwill or a secondhand store, but it's much needed. Someday, I'll be able to store the ketchup in the fridge door.
Other things as of late...
I made some cake balls, but only had enough chocolate to cover a third of them. Oh well, they're still delicious.
Sam watching me cook. He often stands there and just watches. Sometimes he's a little further around the corner, just showing half his face. He's such a weirdo.
He likes to sit on people's laps. Regardless of where or how they are sitting.
We sit like this a lot. This was me last weekend after a 9 mile run. I was tired.
Sam before I started writing this post. He wanted to know what I was doing.
Ok. I'm done for today. I start a new job on Thursday. I'll tell you more later. Good bye.