I realize this is going to sound silly, but I have too many drawers! 6 years in an RV taught me how to pretty effectively live my life with “less stuff” and now that I have a “real” apartment, and more space to spread out in I find myself putting too much stuff in drawers.
The old adage about when to get rid of something has been…
if you haven’t used it in 1 year throw it out.
Of course the economics of that sometimes run amok. If I haven’t used a thing in over one year I’m much more likely to throw it out if it costs… (honestly now…) next to nothing. If I can still remember how much I paid for it and/or if it was over $30.00 I’m much less likely to throw it out. …Or…. if it’s something I used to use a lot.
Those are the reasons that when we moved in here in November I still had a few items that I had not used in … (wait for it…) all six years of our RV’ing sojourn. And all that stuff that we had in storage with Kathryn at her house…. that too had not been used in … six years. But — we still had it.
With my annual post-tax-time spurt of energy I have a few projects I want to tackle. Getting rid of stuff in drawers is one of the chores I’m actually looking forward to this year.
I think this year will be different. We are commited to apartment living. That means I won’t have certain kinds of maintenance work to do — and I won’t be needing a few tools that I have jealously held onto. That means my son-in-law is going to inherit at least a couple 100 foot power cords and sundry hand tools… but then the question arises…. do people his age actually USE hand tools?
We are commited to living somewhere without a yard. We didn’t save many yard tools, but we did save a couple. I really want to force myself to shed those as well. I’m sure there are some hoses and things that will go bye-bye. Right now they live in 6 tubs in the garage that sit at the front end of the car between the car and the garage wall. If I empty those containers out …. by golly… I can get rid of the containers too! 🙂
Can you tell…
I’m trying to psyche myself out for the task at hand. This is like my pre-game pep talk.