And so another year has come and gone...Happy New Year!
I looked back at last year's resolutions - in a nutshell, I resolved to read the entire Bible, menu plan each week, and get my compost pile in operational order. I finished the first, made a good effort at the second, and gave up on the third - we ended up dumping the whole pile out at my father-in-law's property and started over.
This year, instead of a resolution, I've decided on a theme - USE IT UP.
I spent a good chunk of my afternoon today cleaning out my bathroom closet. The closet holds a series of small storage boxes, each with a different type of item. Things like medication, first aid supplies. tooth care, lotions, soap and bath gel, etc. Well, these boxes are FULL. I threw out all the old, expired, nasty stuff, and we are starting over fresh (and yes, even after that, the boxes are still full).
I also did a lot of laundry today, and noticed how much detergent, soap, and general cleaning supplies I have out there.
My pantry is in a similar state - lots of odd little ingredients that sounded good at the time, but I never used.
Basically, I get bored easily and like to try new stuff. Lots of times I get things for free or at an ultra discount, so I figure "what the heck? It's not costing me much/anything." And then the stuff sits around and never gets used.
So this year, I will be making a concerted effort to use that stuff. All those little sample packages/hotel bottles of shampoo and hand lotion. The seven different kinds of laundry detergent that is currently living in my laundry room. All that shaving gel.
Also, this year, when I go shopping, I will ask myself three questions:
1. Do I need it?
2. Will I use it soon?
3. Can I make it at home for less money?
Hopefully if I am honest with myself, I will be bringing home a lot less STUFF in 2011. This will help with both the clutter and the budget, as we're looking ahead to major financial upheaval.
Happy 2011, everyone - hope it's a good one!