One of my big goals (#7) is to de-clutter/de-junk my house, even it's one piece at a time, one day at a time. What I didn't think about is stuff coming in! Not talking consumables or needed household items here -- groceries, curtain rods, etc. -- but More Stuff.
In the separation, I "lost" the pan used to hard-boil eggs and none of what I have left will work well, so (being frugal), I set off for the local thrift store to find an egg-boiling pan. Found one quickly for the perfect sum of $3. That's when the trouble began.
Right there, in the same place, was a covered plastic thermos-type bowl in Harvest Gold for only $2! Since the kitchen in my new house is completely 60's colors: Avocado Green and Burnt Orange, I was missing only Harvest Gold to complete the triumvirate of cutting-edge colors of that decade. Into the egg-boiling pan it went. I'm still not sure what it is exactly, other than Harvest Gold. Behind me, in that small room, was another shelf was a sugarbowl/creamer set in silver [plate, I presume] -- just the ticket to complement the butterdish and gravy boat I already have in this pseudo-silver -- $2 for the set. Into the Harvest Gold thingy.
The fun was just beginning. I found a lovely little paste-board box in an odd shape and pretty paisley-like pattern. Apparently a jewelry box, it had a center divider for several rings and sections on each side for bracelets, necklaces, etc. I'm a sucker for pretty boxes, and at just 50 cents, how could I go wrong? My final error was to duck into the electronics room to price television sets for when I start working on # 35 and obtain an exercise bike and a TV to watch DVDs while I exercise in my basement. (I always think ahead, sometimes way ahead.) Thought that this might be a good place to start my shopping when the time comes. Unfortunately, I walked past the DVDs on the way out. Before I knew it, 4 DVDs (at $3 each) had found their way into my arms. One is a replacement of a VHS tape that we watch repeatedly, one a classic musical, another a brand-new copy of an older rom-com/time travel film I've always wanted to see, and the last a "small" film with a well-known director and some actors I like a lot.
Total cost: just over $20 -- could have bought a new egg-cooking pan for that!
But now my dilemma is: how many more things do I need to get rid of to equalize the in/out equation? Not counting the egg-boiling pan and the one DVD that will replace the VHS, since one was a needed household item and the other an even-up. So there's the box, and 3 DVDs but does the sugar bowl/creamer set count as one or two? Guess I'll go for 6 in addition to the one daily divestment.
Next decision will be what to do about the quilt fabric, the book and 2 CDs I bought online. They aren't here yet, so, like Scarlett O'Hara, "I'll think about that tomorrow."
1. ... basement -- Continued work on/in it 2. ... so rt/discard -- Mostly basement: 12 3. ... garage/deck -- Started on deck 31. ...
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