I started my "thing" count. What an eye-opener...and a downer. I feel the weight of more stuff after finishing each room. I ask myself how could I be so blind, so unconscious of what I buy, accumulate, buy, save, buy, and don't use. An unaware consumer is a dangerous thing.
I'm on the lookout for "dead" stuff (stuff that never gets touched/used)to purge while going about my usual business at home. I figure it'll be that much less stuff to decide what to do with when it's time to really whittle my "things" list down!
So tonight I went to the kitchen to put together some dinner and ended up cleaning and reorganizing my fridge. Then found several items around the kitchen that I don't need...like olive forks?! I don't even like olives. Could use them for pickles, but don't like those either. Along with the tiny forks I found:
2 ugly serving utensils.
Wooden salad set with giraffes for handles.
Weird shaped rubber spatula-it came that way.
Cake cutter used at my second wedding-bad karma.
Microwave egg poacher-always ruin the eggs anyway.
2 star cookie cutters-a five-sided and a six-sided one. I'm keeping the nine-sided one.
Wire basket connected by daisy shapes-don't know what I was thinking the day I bought it.
Extra attachments to my hand beater-guess I don't need them since I never knew I had them.
About 20 rocks and shells-last weekend I counted everything in my kitchen and found out I had (in the whole house) over 200 shells and almost as many rocks, so, starting in the kitchen, I picked 20 to go first.
Not bad for dinnertime.
Nothing goes into the trash! Everything gets a new home through The Freecycle Network, Craig's List or is donated to local charities.