I lost another 50 pounds!
I got rid of two large boxes of books and several popcorn, cookie, and other tins today, plus a few smaller items. I still have more books to get rid of, but I will sell those if I can, and I still need to list some furniture. It seems that I find something else to get rid of every time I look, and I’m glad of that. The tins needed to go.
For several years I did battle with flour moths. Exterminators swear that once they’re in your house, you can never get rid of them, but really you can. It just takes a long time and a lot of perseverance. I put all my dry goods in the freezer, refrigerator, or tins, and eventually starved them out. Today when I opened a few of the tins, though, I found food from 2008 and 2009 that had to be thrown out. So I got rid of all but a few tins, and from now on I won’t buy dry goods in quite the bulk I have in the past.
I’m not certain what I can get rid of next. More fabric? afghans? pots and pans? curtains? baskets? I think I’ll pack a few things and discard as I pack. My tactics will definitely have to change as I reduce, both because there will be less to get rid of and because it will be more difficult for me to let go of some things. Not because I need them or even want them, but just because I might… someday. Getting past that mindset will be liberating in itself.