My stockpile is slimming down, faithful readers! I am working on using up, giving away, and cleaning out a shameful amount of stockpile items. I have made several donations to a local food pantry and clothing place. I have also made several different treats with my vast amount of baking supplies and taken them in to work. Slowly but surely, slowly but surely. Here are some things I have found to be true in the first half of my adventure:
It is taking me a lot longer than I thought to use this stuff! I attribute this to two different reasons. The first is that since I always had an ample supply of the item, I never really noticed how look it took to use anything. The second is, ah, I may have had more stuff than I realized. (or am willing to admit to in print)
It is darn, super, extra, majorly hard to change a habit. I have had to STOP buying the Sunday paper so I wasn’t tempted to buy stuff I didn’t need with coupons. More importantly, I had to STOP STOP STOP reading the coupon match-ups. I may have been a little obsessed with coupon match-ups without realizing it.
I am finding that having more room on my shelves kind of thrilling. I can move stuff around and see what is behind it! Nothing falls out when I open the doors! It’s a strange thrill, but I’ll take it. I also like recycling empty bottles. I like the plunk they make when I toss them in. Again, strange but true.
I have found that that the paring down has spilled over to the other parts of my life. I sent about 18 pairs of nylons to an art teacher friend yesterday. (Yes, I asked if she wanted them first. Now that I write this, it would have been much funnier if I hadn’t.) I do not recall buying them and will not be wearing them anytime soon as I hate nylons and do everything I can to avoid them. Plus, you know what? Stores sell them every day of the week now. If I needed a pair, I could just go buy one. Who knew?
I cannot go “window shopping.” My “super-saver brain” kicks in and I find stuff at prices I can’t pass up. Like a whole set of brand new cookware for the price of the frying pans (which, yes, I bought. Darn super-saver brain justified the whole thing.). Oh well. More time for other stuff.
I have a strong sense that I have more to learn about myself and my habits between now and the end of this process. I would also like to thank you for letting me share this process with you. I hope that reading about what is happening at my house helps you to make better choices at yours.