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I, of course, started with my favorite place which happens to be (you guessed it, right!) my closet.
After I cleaned my closet, and packed some of my clothes and shoes for donation, I felt a rush of adrenaline and energy. It felt good. I was donating some stuff that I had not worn in months. I packed away clothes that looked like the same style and same color. How many black tops does one need?
When I stood over my donation bags, I realized (again) that I do not need any more clothes or shoes. Then a question popped into my head: what about that clutter we have in our bathroom cabinets? What do we have there? I was on a de-cluttering roll!
So I moved on to our bathroom cabinets where we keep body soaps along with bathroom cleaning supplies. Imagine my surprise when I discovered three or four un-opened shower gel bottles, never used soaps, shaving gels and shampoo bottles. First, I was horrified by the idea of us becoming hoarders. Then, I was appalled by how much money we wasted on buying stuff that we thought we did not have.
That’s when I decided that instead of making lists of what we need, I will make lists of what we don’t need.
I obsessively looked through:
All the shampoos, and shower gels and soaps that I found will have to be used up BEFORE we buy anything else. I put these items on a Do Not Need list. I discovered that some cleaning supplies can do double duty, saving us time and money. I have to admit that I am high maintenance when it comes to my hair but I decided to sacrifice (I cannot believe I am saying it) and use some shampoos when I know I am not around many people. That’s what hats are for! (I love hats!)
I discovered that we had two unopened honey jars, quite a few cans of black beans, more brown rice than we could possibly eat in a month, and a spare box of Wheat Thins that I was going to take to work as my snack and never did because I forgot we had it! Plenty to put on (by now my favorite) Do Not Need list.
I did not find much there but I did notice that we had a good supply of coffee. We keep unopened coffee bags in the freezer (Beaker’s idea) to preserve its freshness.
This weekend we are going to do our weekly shopping, and I can tell you right now, that our shopping list is much shorter already.