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Hoarding lids.

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.

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    yes I too have loads of lids most from so many years ago you sound like getting out of dodge in 1972 when my daughter was harrased at school and wlaking home. WE live off North Main in Daton and we left took a loss but got out of dodge and never regretted it
    Now rural arcanum
    301 days ago
    I really enjoyed reading your blog.

    I can relate to keeping stuff (in case I might need it in the future). My hubby is worse than me. Nine times out of Ten, we won't ever reuse the items we saved.
    I keep telling hubby that we need to start downsizing, but I think he is hearing we must keep saving stuff. emoticon
    305 days ago
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    Good analogy! As I go through the garage, I have to ask "WHY?" .... emoticon What is the purpose of all the stuff and why did we ever think we needed it to begin with? Not too much left to deal with, but Aunt makes us think twice before buying anything in the future because ultimately it is going to be clutter if not necessity! ..Good blog!
    305 days ago
    My Mom was in her house for 60 years. I am glad that I started helping her weed things out. She was a great one for keeping things that really needed to be tossed. I try to go through things of mine regularly. Good luck with the whole process.
    305 days ago
    Know what you mean. I save so ,many I have no place to store them. I do a purge about every 3 months
    305 days ago
    OH my gosh. After cleaning out my parents' condo, I am not surprised @ anything anymore.

    I am trying my best to either use, repurpose or toss!

    Good luck selling. Daunting time to do so.
    305 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2020 4:07:31 PM
    When we were packing up my mom and stepdad's condo, I found a bread basket that would hold a whole loaf of garlic bread, full of lids. The all were recycled. She then started saving carry out containers at the new place. I must have thrown out hundreds one time. They were in the pantry, on the counter, and in the cupboards. To make matters worse, what was brought home in those containers sat in the refrigerator until it grew mold. She has moved to a different part of the facility and would be allowed to have a dorm frig. I nixed that idea right away.
    305 days ago
    My mom hoards yogurt containers... I've managed to avoid the urge because I just have no space in my tiny kitchen!
    305 days ago
    Oh I so understand this! After living for 4 years with the refrigerator that came with the house, I am finally getting a new one delivered Friday (!!!!!). Yesterday was my last garbage day so the entire refrigerator got a going through. Oh my stars and tin foil! I threw out so much that I had just put in the freezer and forgot about. Freezer burnt unlabeled mystery containers full of frost and probably something that was once edible. It made me ill to think of how much I was "wasting" but the feeling of lightness and bounciness when the garbage truck went by is so freeing! My rule of thumb when decluttering is "keep only the things that help me live my best life". It puts a whole new light on empty butter tubs!
    305 days ago
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