Wednesday, September 23, 2020
My husband bought me a cute affordable house close to the city before we were married with the thought if something happened to him I could afford the payments (morbid, I know, but he's a scientist and a planner). Over the past 5 years, our life style has changed so drastically that we just don't need to live near the city anymore. New jobs, health issues, COVID, a mass shooting less than 5 miles from the house- the final straw was when our neighbor's girlfriend tried to run her over and ended up doing $10,000 in property damage to my backyard (we have insurance, but still it is really upsetting).
So, we decided to get out of dodge while the getting is good.
I started packing and realized that I have turned into my mother. Why throw away all of those butter tubs when you can reuse them?
Evidently, I have discarded many of the tubs without the lids because I have a ratio of 6 lids to every tub and they don't even match.
As I stood in my kitchen tossing those lids in recycling (I swear they were procreating faster than Tribbles on Star Trek) I asked myself why I felt the need to keep all of these tubs and lids. My answer seemed logical- I might need them. For what?
It made me consider everything unhealthy I have put into my body.
What makes me keep things I might need later or eat things that I don't need?
Mindfulness is the answer here, in both cases. If I already have 5 butter tubs with lids, I can recycle the others. The same with food. If I am mindful of what I have in my hand before I put it in my mouth, I wouldn't be putting garbage into my body. I can succeed at this by using the planners and trackers on Spark People and by eating at the table.
Final thought - decluttering my kitchen feels freeing. Just like making healthy choices.