Yeah, 74 more pounds gone
74 pounds for a chest of drawers. This afternoon a few things I listed earlier and 26 pounds more beyond that-a vase, three baskets, a bunch of yarn, some children’s workbooks from my time at Mark Twain Media (over ten years ago), two mugs and more odds and ends. Then to sit down and run some calculations and combine some of these posts. So far I’ve gotten rid of right at a half ton of stuff. And there will be more.
Looking back over my posts, just a week or so ago I thought it would be hard to reach half a ton, much less a ton. Now I’m thinking a ton really might be feasible after all. I’m a little surprised and a bit embarrassed. I’m a pack rat to a degree, but not a hoarder. I’m not a huge shopper, but if I see something at a yard sale or thrift store for “the right price” I often buy it “just in case.” “Just in case there’s a potluck…” which there’s only been one of in 12 years. “Just in case I have overnight company,” which I do once every 18 months or so. “Just in case the other one breaks,” which it will eventually, but why keep extra til then? By the time I need the extra, I’ll have something else anyway, after all. Or, “Oh, but it’s such a good price,” which it is until I consider the cost of storing it and the time in maintaining it.
Huge example: I have an oven. I don’t use the oven. The oven costs about $15/yr to clean, whether I use it or not. Even used, I paid $150 for it to start with. So far I have $240 wrapped up in an oven for the six years I’ve lived here. And I’ve used it maybe 12 times. Maximum. Those are some VERY high dollar meals being cooked in that oven, at that rate, and that rate doesn’t even include the cost of the floor space to put it in. (at $120/sq ft, that’s another $1000!)
Yeah, but Mary, everyone has an oven. You have to have an oven! Why? Forty years ago, ovens were a useful item. Now there are toaster ovens and convection ovens that actually work better than the ovens I’ve used. They don’t cost as much to run, they don’t cost as much to install, they clean easier, they heat faster and they cook better. Tell me again, why do I need an oven?