This is the perfect time of year to start purging through your closets and either throw or donate whatever it is you don’t need, want or will use anymore. I started off with my food pantry. I looked over my contents and read all the expiration statistics. Anything nearing expiring I donated to a food pantry quickly! Anything else I thought I would no longer eat or need, I also donated to our local church food pantry. Thankfully, there was nothing I could toss into the garbage, so I am thankful there was no food waste in my pantry.
Next was my refrigerator and freezer. My freezer had the usual bread ends that had frost bite so I couldn’t pulverize them to bread crumbs. Those were unfortunately tossed into the garbage. I have to stop that in 2019! I did, however, notice a lot of duplicates in my fridge and I found that to be wasteful. Moving forward into the new year, I have to be more mindful of my food shopping habits. I need to look in the fridge, freezer and pantry first before I buy another thing!
For example: I had FOUR packages of Swiss cheese in my fridge’s deli draw! I only need one! I labeled them for future consumption and vowed this would never happen again. At $3.99 each, I had overspent by $11.97 and possibly faced one of the packages becoming moldy, thus headed for the garbage pail. This did happen to me a few weeks ago with my sliced provolone cheese. Thankfully, Aldi (the grocer) replaced it and gave me a new, fresh one since it was their fault it went bad. Not so with the Swiss cheese. This is 100% MY fault!
It’s also a time now to de-clutter. I walked around my home looking in each and every room, asking myself ‘What can I get rid of?’ I have a smallish living room and I felt that the solid blue, sort-of-large trunk I was using as a coffee table was both too bulky and took up a lot of space. Plus, you couldn’t see the new, colorful rug I recently bought for my living room. I felt a glass coffee table would have been better and lighter on the eye PLUS you would finally see my new rug!
I searched Wayfair.com and found a great, round, glass coffee table for $120 (free shipping). My budget was only $100 so I kept looking. Believe it or not, I found the very same round glass coffee table for only $89 (free shipping) at Walmart.com. I moved the large trunk upstairs and placed it at the foot of my daughter’s queen size bed. It looks better up there than down here plus it’s a great additional storage space to hold all the bulky blankets and comforters neatly.
Here’s my new, improved, de-cluttered living room. You can finally see the center of my colorful rug!
The home we are living in now is already our downsized home. We downsized in 2001 and went from a 9 room home to a 4 room home. We went from $5600 a month (in 2001 dollars) to $2200 a month (in current 2018 dollars). But as time passes, I’ve come to realize that should one of us have to live here alone, it would be near impossible to continue doing that. There’s just too many things that can go wrong here for one person to manage. Things such as the well, the septic, the water purification system, electric power-outages during a storm surge, maintaining 3.5 acres of open land………you get the picture. DH and I estimate we will probably move and downsize yet once again in 3 years (when DH goes on Medicare & collects Social Security). In the interim, till then, we are going to start searching the country for another location to move to. Preferably a little bit warmer climate AND also not too far away from our children and grandchildren.
In the future, as we RV, we’ll be keeping an extra eye out, subconsciously searching for that nirvana location. Right now, I’m thinking ‘there’s no place like the home we already have’ so I have the sneaking suspicion we just might downsize to a smaller home and lot that’s already nearby! Till then, we’ve got three years to make up our minds.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! HERE’S TO A BETTER AND WISER 2019!