Last night, after I made my super simple and yummy frittata with squash I grew in my garden, I was putting away the leftovers and encountered this drawer - not too shabby and not too bad for a food storage drawer (I have been merciless about cleaning stuff out...) but it still needed help.
The bin on the right had twice as many lids as there are containers and those 3 tall jars in the back? I also have 3 empty ones in a cabinet.
So I decided to strike while the iron is hot .
When I come across something like this - a drawer that won't close because it's full of crap, or I pull a pen out of the "junk drawer" and it's dry, or a pencil with broken lead, or an eraser that is so old it's hard and just smears the paper...I take advantage of my frustration and clean it out.
In this case, I took out all the lids and matched them to what was in the drawer and tossed what didn't have a mate. I also recycled the glass jars (after confirming I had the 3 in the cabinet...I'll get to that mess soon enough!)
This is what I was left with:
A little bit better, and it only took a couple of minutes!
Next time you open a cabinet or drawer and think to yourself, "What is all this crap? I gotta go through this one day!" Take a minute or two and jettison what you can! Go for the low-hanging fruit!
Small steps, Sister Rebel, small steps!
These are some of the things I have too many of (in no particular order):
....and lists, lots and lots of lists, not unlike this one.
There is just too. much. stuff. in my life.
It feels mildly overwhelming almost every day and some days it sends me into a panic attack.
My pulse quickens, I get short-tempered, and begin to rant about all the piles and stacks of shit I have. On a "good day" the neighbors with good hearing are my only audience, but more often than I like to admit, my family gets to listen to my raving tirade.
It's not a good look.
Neither are the bills I have to pay - the ones that, frankly, have provided this over abundance of material goods I find myself with.
This must stop.
There is SO MUCH STUFF in the world. So many opinions. So many news outlets and entertainment options, and must read books and real news stories and trends to follow and foods to try diets to be on and places to be and things to do and boxes to check and bucket list items to discover, write down, do, document, share....
It's too much and I'm not going to do it anymore.
I know it's not going to happen overnight and I know it will be tough, because I love much of my stuff and I have some good ideas and I like to be distracted and imagine I can have it all. But I am going to try to break away from the materialistic masses (where I am pretty entrenched) and stop the madness.
Care to join me?