Last night I was out with a dear friend, having a Philly sandwich at the Wild Cow followed by two scoops of splendid ice cream at Jeni’s, Savannah Buttermint and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks. It was way too late to write a post when I got home and all I had the energy to do was give Hannah a hug and crawl into bed.
One of the benefits of minimizing possessions is that it gives me the freedom to spend my time and money doing things that I enjoy, like having a nice meal and catching up with a friend. Good friends are such gifts – but friendships take time to nurture. Conversations start with exchanging pleasantries, catching up on the family, asking about the job, maybe a little gossip, and segue into the stuff that matters, the areas in our lives where we struggle, our hopes, our dreams, and by the end we are challenging each other to do better, be better human beings, encouraging each other through the hard stuff, and finally sharing how much we appreciate each other and value the friendship. While it may be possible, I don’t know if you can get to that place if all you have time for is a quick cup of coffee or a fast food lunch. The friendships I have today are so vital, I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. Life would be bereft and lonely when it’s meant to be lived in community.
But now back to the matter at hand. Though I’ve already shown you all the gift bags I’d accumulated over the years, I haven’t yet shared all the paper bags I’ve been saving. Yeah, thirty-nine of them. Two of them are currently holding all the hundreds of documents I’ve shredded (that was going to be yesterday’s post – more details on that later), I saved ten, and I put twenty-seven in the recycle bin. I don’t know why I saved ten (and that may change before the game is over) but you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I save stuff and have a hard time letting it go.
The game is winding down – just a few more days to go. If you’ve been playing along, please share how many items you’ve purged so far.
As mentioned previously, there was a time when I collected clear glass Pyrex and Hazel Atlas dishes, which we’ve already established was a little over the top, so I won’t belabor that point here. Again, there are more jars that I have at times reused, but there are still plenty in the cupboard.
The beautiful blue bottles are from Blufeld Riesling, which is made in Mosel, Germany. It’s a favorite of mine, though I haven’t had any in quite some time having given up alcohol this year (I’ll write on that someday soon). This is another case of me thinking I would do something creative with these lovelies one day when in actuality, they’ve been sitting under the sink gathering dust.
As I worked my way through the stuff under the sink, I came across some energy efficient lightbulbs that can’t be put in the regular trash as they contain hazardous materials, some pads to use under furniture when you have wood floors (my current apartment is carpeted), more yogurt containers, some mesh bags and a now defunct Brita water filter. Again, when I had some time, I was going to make scrubbies out of the plastic mesh. Clearly that never happened, nor is it likely to happen any time soon. I had every intention of writing to Brita to tell them the water filter I purchased along with it’s pricey filters stopped working only a few months after I purchased it. Since it too has been gathering dust, I decided to just trash it and move on.
Do you save things with good intentions of repurposing them one day? Do you actually follow through? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Facebook. If not, I’d love to hear how long you’ve kept things until, like me, you’ve faced the fact that it’s never going to happen.
It’s definitely starting to look and feel like fall. The leaves are starting to turn and when I was hiking last week, I came across some osage oranges. Osage oranges look pretty weird, but I love their bumpiness even though they aren’t really oranges – they are actually a member of the mulberry family.
There was finally time to go to the thrift store today to drop off two boxes and three bags full of stuff and an unruly Swiffer that wasn’t very cooperative about fitting into the trunk of my Focus. It’s clear to me now why the rules of the Mins Game state to remove items from your home on the day you purge them. As I was loading things up, I had a few misgivings, like maybe I shouldn’t get rid of this or that. But the fact that I’d written about it and told everyone I was going to purge helped me stay strong.
Today’s purge is a set of 24 DVDs that I’ve had for about ten years, give or take. It’s been a while since I’ve watched any of them but I was reluctant to let them go. Until I realized I could get the entire 24 volume set in one package! Maybe that’s not exactly what it means to minimize, but that’s what I’m going with!