(I need some encouragement.)
I'm doing the 2011 in 2011 decluttering challenge and it has been going very well, but now it's becoming more difficult. I've decluttered almost all the obvious things, and now my house is orderly, there is very little clutter (just a couple of hot spots where dh puts his things that I have no control over), everything has a place, etc. But now I want to do the harder work of simplifying and making the house more efficient.
Right now I am reorganizing kitchen cabinets so that what I use most often is easy to reach and put away. As I pull things out of one of the cabinets in particular, a very deep one because it runs into a corner, I'm finding things that we don't use but which are potentially useful, and which are mostly in good condition.
I'm having a hard time letting them go for two reasons:
1) money is tight and I think we'll always be pretty low income...it's just the way it is where we live, the salaries are just low...and I worry that some day we will really need some of these things.
2) where we live, there are no second hand stores or charities that will take items other than clothes, linens, shoes and bags. There might be in the large city an hour away from here, but I don't drive and dh is not as into purging stuff as I am. Very few people here have computers, let alone an internet connection, so putting things up on freecycle isn't going to work. I even checked and there's no chapter here, though there is in the nearby city, but it's looks to be pretty inactive. This means that if I want to be rid of something it has to go in the trash.
Most of what I'd like to let go of are things we haven't even bought. They are things that were already in this house; they belong/belonged to my dh's family. So we have more flat white sheets that we could ever use (I've had some success reducing the numbers by repurposing them), a mind-boggling number of crystal goblets and wine glasses that we never use because they are 'good,' multiple sets of plates, the list could go on and on. There are things I can't get rid of, like the crystal, but there is stuff that even dh is not too jazzed about, but because of the trash issue, I find it so hard to let that stuff go.
Today I am looking at a hand-crank slicer, as I have looked at it every other time I've tried to toss it, and I know that we do not need it, and there is a part of me that knows that we will never use it, but then I think, "but it's a hand-crank slicer! When we're so destitute that we won't have electricity, we can use this to slice cured meats." Sigh.
And what about the hand-mixer? The immersion blender? These are things that we don't use, we never use, but they work and are in good condition. Even if I convince myself that we won't ever need them, how can I in good conscience toss them in the trash?
Thank you for reading this.
(Somebody please tell me I can at least let the hand-crank slicer go.)