Today’s area for Money Saving Mom’s Clear out the Clutter Challenge is the Kitchen and Stockpile.
Here is my throw away pile:
It includes quite a bit of medicine that was expired. I decluttered my medicine shelf last fall, but this is the stuff that was stuck in the hard-to-get-to cabinet when we moved in . . . 4 years ago. It’s pre–couponing medicines. Pre-kids in some cases. I found things that expired two, three, four, and yes, even five years ago.
And yet . . . the “What if?” lobe of my brain still kicked in. What if we couldn’t get to the store for like, well, five years, and my humongous stockpile of non-expired medicines wasn’t enough and the only thing that could save someone’s life was this single Advil Cold-and-Sinus? Wouldn’t it be better to risk taking a (by then) 10 year old med instead of dying?
I threw it away. No hero delusions for me anymore.
The other things are spices that we used once and didn’t like, a full bottle of sprinkles that I have a vague memory of one of my children sucking on, and empty boxes.
Oh yes, and the bag of Lay’s potato chips? Well, um, I’m pretty sure that’s been in the impossible-to-get-to cabinet above the fridge for at least 3 years. Yes, because I haven’t looked up there in at least three years. I’m thinking that in the early days of the house, I must have had the fabulous idea to put chips in that spot. I’m good at coming up with fabulous ideas, just not always with remembering what they were.
And here are the things that I’m putting in the garage sale:
Four full packages of clearanced coffee filters purchased just before I broke the pot, three mugs that are too huge to drink coffee from, and a little package of lights for a Christmas decoration. Who knows why in the world I thought the coffee-cup shelf was a good place for that? Or why my selective-slob-vision hadn’t seen them there until today.
Although I really didn’t think I needed to, I’m so glad I did this. Small amounts of ongoing purging is what will keep this home in order. Isn’t that what normal people do?
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