Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Five - DeCluttering Edition

Sally of RevGalBlogPals poses a great set of questions for me, since I'm getting ready to move!

Making the most of our resources is important, I have been challenged this week by the amount of stuff we accumulate, I'd love to live a simpler lifestyle, it would be good for me, and for the environment I think...

With that in mind I bring you this Friday 5;

1. Are you a hoarder or a minimalist?
I'm a hoarder who wants to be a minimalist. I keep everything - even decades old electric bills! - but I'm constantly looking for ways to clear out the excess stuff in my house and office.

2. Name one important object ( could be an heirloom) that you will never part with.
I have a crucifix that was hung above the front door in every home my parents lived in for as long as I can remember.For me, this is the one thing that really says "This is my home." It is the first thing I hang up whenever I move.

3. What is the oldest item in your closet? Does it still fit???
I've been continously weeding out my closet the last few years. Every season I look at what I have and if I haven't worn it in two years out it goes. The oldest thing I have now is a 50's costume that I bought for a Hot Rod show back in the 1970s. It might fit, I'm not sure. How often does the occasion call for a skirt with a crinoline and an I Like Ike button?

4.Yard sales- love 'em or hate 'em ?
Love Them! And dread them. I try to drive past instead of stopping cause I know I can't stop at just one. :-)

5. Name a recycling habit you really want to get into.
Where I live right now the trash company sorts and recycles everything so I don't have to pay attention to which can I put things in. My new house is in a different area so I've have to re-learn how to sort out my trash again.

And for a bonus- well anything you want to add....
Moving is always my favorite opportunity to get rid of things I don't use, never liked, or got tired of. The big problem used to be "But what if Great Aunt Whatshername comes over and doesn't see the horrendous whatnot she gave me?" That's not a problem anymore with me living on the opposite coast from the rest of my family, but tell me - what do you do with dustcatching gifts from The Husband that merited a "Oh, it's just what I always wanted" Pack them away and eventually lose the box?


Rev Kim said...

Love your bonus. Dave & I have had the conversation about a couple of, ah, interesting wedding gifts that we received. We joke about the closet that we will have to go through before company visits to make sure the things they gave us are on display!

Great play!

Jan said...

Good luck with your move! The story about the crucifix in your parents' home and now is yours is one I will remember. I envy that tradition.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Those dustcatching gifts. I know what you mean. For some "odd" reason, all of mine just break. Oops! Had to throw it out. And actually it will go to Good Will.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

dustcatching gifts... not sure what it says about my 'housekeeping' but HubHC gave me a vacuum for Christmas one year. granted i wanted a new one but for Christmas??? does he not see the jewelry ads that time of year?? mmm...

and of course if i find another ND sweatshirt i'll snatch it up & send it your way!