Thursday, December 15, 2011

An Ocean of Cardboard

All I can see in our basement is what seems to be to be an unending ocean of cardboard boxes. Some people tell me "It's just like Christmas". Christmas in hell maybe but it certainly has no resemblance to Christmases I know, LOL! I'm shaking my head at the fact that all of this stuff fit into our house in South Dakota. Okay so most of it fit. We did buy some stuff while we lived in England, we had to buy a new push mower (we did get rid of our old one while in SD). I went through and donated all sorts of miscellaneous furniture, tons of books, paper crafting tools &  crafting supplies, not to mention all kinds of house-ware items. Now I find myself opening boxes and instantly wanting to put stuff back into those boxes. I'm ready to "reduce and recycle" the "reuse" part of this phrase is for someone else to do because I am going to reduce the amount of stuff I have.

I have to laugh at the amount of towels we have. Once upon a time we  had a house that had 3 full bathrooms (and loads of visitors.) I had shower curtains and bath towels for all 3. Well we're down to 2 full bathrooms and only 1 of those bathrooms needs a shower curtain.  My visitors now live locally and drive back to their homes. Yup, it's reduce time! Break time is now over and I have to get back to work since I don't have any house elves to help me.


Brandy said...

I despise unpacking boxes so I totally get what you mean, lol.

Sharon said...

Sandie good for you having that 2R attitude! Maybe it's something in the air, but almost every day I tell my husband that I/we have too much STUFF! I counted my pants when it was time for the annual changing of the closets from summer to winter and about gagged when I hit 50 and knew there were some in the laundry and put away in other places!!! Granted that includes sweats and jeans in addition to dress pants, but golly gee, that's almost criminal! Anyway, as I continue to lose weight I am NOT replacing all of my clothes!

Keep up the good work and stick to your plan. A simple life has GOT to be better than excess and clutter! I have to admit though, perhaps a tinsy bit of that "hanging on" came from all the moving around we did as military families. So many memories attached to all that stuff!