Letting go of items and things

It’s hard to let go of some items. That wedding gift that we never used much. But, really, what’s the point of storing it for another 30 years unused in our buffet? Might as well let someone else have a crack at it and let them use it to its fullest. We don’t need multiples of glass plates. 2 is enough, after all. A silver plate that doesn’t appear to be silver because it’s not tarnished is in the box to donate, as well. Glass bowls, some of which were wedding presents are going to gone soon, as well. Some items you feel a bit bittersweet to say goodbye to, of course. But it’s for the best that they disappear from our lives. Less stuff means more room for the stuff we do want in our lives. I am keeping the good heavy crystal stuff from my grandmother that are family heirlooms. I feel that others should have a crack at asking for it to be given to them before I discard them from the family.

Cleaned out the spice cupboard yesterday. Unfortunately cinnamon had spilled and made quite a mess. So, had to sweep that all out and wipe it all out nice and clean. But I discarded all the old spices and herbs. Paprika that was god only knows how old, herbs that didn’t smell like anything any longer and pickling spice that I don’t have a clue when I bought it. Don’t think I’m going to be making pickles any time soon and if I do make them I can go buy more, right?!? So, now the cupboard looks a lot better and less full and you can actually see most of whats in there and not move bottles out onto counter to get what’s in the back out. On the upper shelf of that cupboard I found old plastic measuring cups that will be donated to goodwill. No need to keep them when I’ve got good stainless ones.

Feels so nice in the kitchen now with more room on counters, more room in drawers since we cleaned and organized them all and more room in cupboards. Since the kitchen is the most used room in your house it makes sense to make it neat and orderly and tidy. Breeds a sense of calmness, peace and makes you want to do more cleaning and organizing and decluttering and minimizing.

Getting all my steps in every day with just walking around the house, back and forth and up and down the stairs. You don’t realize how much walking you’re doing until you hear that little chirp from the Garmin on your wrist and “goal reached” is flashing. Hurray is what I say to myself and keep on what I’m doing. 🙂

Identify the essential, eliminate the rest.

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