Monday, December 29, 2014
This week my husband and I initiated what we would like to call The Great Purge of 2014. For those of you that like to collect and save things, you know what I'm talking about. But for those of you with children in your family, you really know what I'm talking about.
Neither my husband or myself are collectors. We used to collect all sorts of things but after the 7th move in 8 years we decided that collecting anything was a nightmare that had would have to be moved yet again and so we stopped collecting stuff and started giving that stuff away. I also learned that stuff is exactly that, stuff. It doesn't contribute to our lives in any way and only causes me a headache because it has to be dusted or moved across the country so that was the end of our collecting. I got rid of things that I thought were so valuable, a VHS copy of Breakfast at Tiffany's that I had watched 1000 times, a Casio watch that was one of the first things I bought with my first real paycheck out of college, my first Coach handbag.
Anyway - after watching the amount of stuff that my kids unwrapped on Christmas (and I did not buy all that stuff, I know I didn't) I realized that if we didn't purge it was going to be a really cluttered 2015. So this week while my kids were in W. Virginia visiting their Aunt, Uncle and Cousin we sorted, cleared, cleaned and donated 9 bags of stuff, one food processor that wasn't being used, a box of books, a huge bag of paper bags from the grocery store and even a table. I even found things I didn't know I had like a crock pot - and thank God I found it because I was getting ready to buy a new one!
My 2015 resolution is to buy whatever I need at our local thrift shop. We have 2 great ones one of which I volunteer at several times a month. And every time I work there I am shocked and alarmed at how much Americans buy, save, collect and throw away. And I'm right in there with them. I just got rid of 9 bags of stuff, 9 bags of crap that at some time in my life I or my spouse or my children needed, wanted or thought we needed or wanted. Of course our groceries I am not buying at the thrift store but all the other stuff I'm going to get there.
First up, all our ski gear that we will need for a ski weekend we are taking in January. I need snow pants for 2 McKeon's and goggles for 3 McKeon's and some warm turtlenecks and gloves. What resolutions will you be making?