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Throwing stuff out

I've made a lot of progress lately toward having a more spacious, less cluttered home. (Getting rid of Pete and his drum set and all his Simpsons toys didn't hurt, ha ha!) My big focus is in getting rid of stuff I can't use even if I still like it, in hopes of making room for stuff I can use and like just as well.

My leather jackets went to Goodwill today. I do feel sad, but they're too "young" for me and don't fit well. A friend of mine posted pics of us on FB when we were 14 and I saw myself in one of those jackets--holy hell, so young and skinny! No wonder they don't fit quite right! And clearly, a woman in her forties would be hard pressed to carry off something she wore when she was 14, so it was time. I'm sure some hipster in Madison will enjoy the jackets. And if I want a leather jacket again I can buy one that's flattering.

I was bringing some Threads magazines to the thrift store and my friend intercepted them--yay, I'm happy to donate to a friend anytime--and weirdly enough, they caused her to clean out her sewing room so she could start working on some projects. How cool is that? And weirdly ironic, that my "clutter" made her clean out her clutter. Of course, now she's going to get my Fimo clay collection and my big stockpot...she's probably opened up a can of worms by indicating interest in my Treasures. (If I can part with the beading stuff I never use, it's going to her daughter.)

This is goofy but somewhat related. I was making a recipe and cutting up the cucumber that was supposed to go in, and I took a slice to munch on it and it was the most godawful bitter, horrible cucumber I'd ever tasted. Everything else was ready for the recipe, of course. I'd poached a chicken breast, made the sauce with expensive Greek yogurt. So I wasn't going to wreck it all by putting in that hideous cucumber. I threw it out and substituted some celery--it was the best I could come up with on no notice. The recipe was definitely not a keeper!

But then this afternoon Pete swung by with all these bags of garden veggies he'd gotten from people at work, and to replace that one bum cucumber I had to throw away, I had four GOOD cucumbers.

Cucumber Kismet.



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Aug. 21st, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
you always have to test cucumbers or bitterness, I've learned that the hard way
Aug. 21st, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
It never occurred to me. How weird! The new cukes are good. Well, the first one I tried, anyway.
Aug. 21st, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's good that you and Pete are still friends. It could have been a disaster.

I've been thinking of decluttering for ages. Clothes that I love that will just never fit me again. I'm just such a hoarder. My daughter will fit into them soon - oh no, now I'll never get rid of them.

I always use Continental cucumbers. Never had a bitter one yet. You guys probably call them something different.
Aug. 21st, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
It's too bad Pete couldn't be everything--friend, companion, lover. But he and I do see eye to eye on a lot of things. Fourteen years together. There were a lot of gray areas. I think it is for the best that we went our own ways, and yet...today was his job's summer party and I felt somewhat distraught that I couldn't go. There was something I hadn't expected.

I think "I might use this" is totally the main thing that keeps us hanging on to stuff! Weirdly enough, your situation makes me more determined to declutter.

I'll have to take a look at continental cukes...I'm not sure if they're different. I got two slicers and two picklers :-)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Last November my Mom came to visit and we purged my basement. Too much of the "I might use this one day". It comes from the way I was raised I know, you don't get rid of good stuff because you never know and money was tight. Even now I'd think "Maybe my daughter would want that someday when she's on her own" (not that far off) and I realized that by the time she's 20 she's going to be living in a different city, my work may mean I'm living in a different country so all that stuff will either be in storage where no one can access it or the shipping to wherever she's living will be more than the value of the thing. I'll send her $20 and she can go and buy a set of dishes. Someone at the charity shop can benefit from the stuff right now.

It felt good but I have more to go. Maybe this fall I'll do another purse of my bedroom closet.

As for cucumbers? I usually only buy English ones and I've never had a bitter one. Glad you checked first. Sounds kind of gross.
Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I read that when we throw things away we think we might use, our "helpful" brains invent needs for those things, so we regret getting rid of them. Argh!

I love the idea that the less stuff I have, the more free I'll be to travel or move. I'm not there quite yet.
Aug. 22nd, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
I never get past the thinking of decluttering part. Good for you!
Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
My recent change in relationship status had to have at least one or two bonuses ;-)
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