Well, I have been Rocking the Declutter program of 2021.. I mean its been crazy good, around 30 to 50 percent of things are being rehomed, about 20 to 40 pecent is being recycled in some way and 10 percent is being trashed.
I have reached the goal of 365 and blown past it.. and I have full plans to keep going! We had our big spring garbage clean up. We hauled things out and set them in three ways.. Scrap went in one area, all kinds of household items that I felt could and should be recycled and then there was need to go ot the dump, including very old bed/mattress that we had taken out of the house late last fall/early winter when we got new beds in the house.
I am thrilled to report that the scrap was snagged first and formost, in fact the first batch went so fast, that we looked, pulled an set out a second grouping and it was also snapped up.. while it took a little longer, EVERY single thing that I was hoping and felt that could and should be rehomed also had folks stop and take them home with them. Things were put on Saturday and Sunday..
Weds, the county trucks arrived and loaded the bigger stuff let that was and should have gone to the dump, it was great to get them off the farm. When we moved to the farm, there as was a spring/fall county wide clean up.. but three years ago, they went to once a year only, they also limited and narrowed the focus on what could be picked up.
Having said that, they increased our blue box recycle program at the same time, so its a bit of a trade off there and they increased and created a number of recycle programs drop off places at the local dump, instead of just throw it in.. they have a number of spots where you can sort things depending on what you are taking so that ideally it can be sorted properly.
Many/most of the things I am sorting is NOT garbage, and so it has gone to the second hand shops, been gifted to friends and so on.. Its the strangest thing, I would have thought that the stress of the pandemic would have me gathering in more resources and in many ways it has.. depending on the items, I have increased some things by 6 months or upwards of 2 years..
However, on the flip side, its really pushed me hard to narrow my focus in many ways.. I was honestly not expecting that narrowing but I am good with it.. I am not getting rid of anything that we use even if its only used only once a year or certain times of the year in regards to homesteading.. I still am firmly in the camp of 2 is 1 and 1 is none.. and I perfer to have at least 3 or 5 of the really heavy duty, we use those all the time things..
The narrowing is far more focused on the “someday” or the “wow, what a deal”
The someday items are things are back ups of back up that I ha never used in years because my perferred choices are solid.. let me give a example of that, I love my cast iron pots and pans, I use them all the time, then i use my stainless steel pots.. but I have had back up pots nad pans that just sit there.. in case.. but I finally went.. really.. I mean I have three back up cast iron pans, if for some unknown reason I break my current cast iron pans, I am going to reach for the “backup” cast iron pan, not the hey what a great deal, I got a whole box of pots and pans at a farm sale.. time to let those “somedays go!”
The wow what a deal is tied into this directly, I love finding high qaulity items at the second hand stores but I also tend to have ended up over the years with more then I need.. a example there is my heavy duty soup toureens.. I love my small one that would hold for 4 to 6 peaple.. and its a keep for sure. but I do not need 2 of the 10 to 12 peaple large ones.. so I am letting one of them go.. because the truth is, while it is nice to have one, if I need to do so, I have three big roasters that could be used for the same purpose in a pinch.. sure it would not be as pretty to put a roaster on the table.. but again.. I might use the big one a few times a year max.. and really want I normally use is my shuttle chef.. it keeps everything so much hotter to serve for folks..
Sorting though things and organizing is where I am at.. I want to use my space to its max ability, I want to be able to know where things are, what I have and keep the older being used first and the newer being properly stored for future use. In this regards I am making huge strides and I could not be more pleased.. I am not lowering or leaning things we use, need or that we could save money on in regards to sales an so forth.. but I am working to have a more orderly life and to knowing what and where everything is.. onwards and upwards..
Has the past year made you gather more, made you put up more into “storage” or has it made you a meaner, leaner, much more focused as well?
Gosh, you’ve decluttered so much, well done! I must confess during the first and second lockdowns, I really purged our wardrobes. While the charity/thrift shops are open again now, I am a bit wary of going in, certainly not going in until I’ve had my 2nd dose and give it time to become effective. That being said, I do have a list of things I’d like for us to have, that I will be searching for as soon as I can ^_^ One thing I constantly look out for are clear Pyrex dishes in good nick with their lids, in all shapes and sizes. They are so convenient.
That they are and I have a good number of them in small/med/larger size, love them when they have the lids.. just perfect.. totally with you on that one.. I have not really done the wardrobes, I know I need to do so.. but not there yet.. I pretty much wear the farm chore cloths to rags and then use them as rags lol.. but I will get there.. I have not gone in my second hand shops either.. once in the past year only, I miss it to be honest..
Yes I miss the bargain hunting/treasure hunting aspect of it. You never quite know what you might find!
It must be something in the air. We’ve purged a fair amount as well. In all fairness, 2 moves in 2 years will do that. I am also trying very hard to not buy or create things I don’t need no matter how much of a bargain they are. Good luck and keep up the good work.
I think that the past year plus has really shown us what we need, what we use, (without outside distractions) and where we can improve our homes.yards.farms so that things can run better, smoother etc plus at least for me, due to so many lockdowns and due to hubby’s increased health risk, we do not go out and leave the farm.. so that means no buying etc.. I know that some peaple really get caught up in amazon but I do not really like buying from them, so I really look at each item with a firm eye..
Good for you. I know that recent events have finally convinced The Man that Walmart is the devil. I’m okay with that.