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post #21 of 26

I haven't had any luck talking DH into not using our dishwasher, so having enough plates, bowls, etc. that we won't run out before we run a load kind of goes with the territory. Also, we routinely have several people over. 

 

Bibs... she would drool through several a day. And i don't necessarily want to run laundry every single day. We may not have enough items to run laundry every day. Now that she is older and doesn't drool so much, we could probably get by on a 1-bib plan. I'll have to give it some thought. 

 

I'm in the stocking up on clothes camp. if I find something I like, I buy several colors because I usually have a hard time finding stuff that I like, and inevitably when I really need a given item I can't find one that I like. I've worn pretty much the same size since I was 14, excluding pregnancy and birth-related changes, so I'm not too worried about having it end up being the wrong size. I put all the items in my wardrobe though--I don't wear one and keep one in reserve. I have some sandals that I adore, and bought a pair when I wore out the previous pair... now i wish I'd bought another to have in reserve. 

 

The set of sheets we got at the time of our marriage ripped after 4 years. We bought duplicates when we found another set we liked, because we figured by the time these ones wear out they probably won't make that product anymore. 

 

I probably should pare down on shampoo, etc. It would certainly make things simpler. There are so many products in the shower and I don't need that many. 

 

I am pretty minimalist with shoes. One pair of boots (though I do want to get some rain boots), one pair of Danskos to wear to work, one pair of sneakers, one pair of daily-use sandals, a couple of pairs of dressy sandals. I do want to revisit my old battered shoes though. I like to have a pair as backup in case I am doing something mucky, but I don't need 3 pairs, and they're starting to get kind of grody. 

post #22 of 26
Interesting, I don't have one of anything like that, but I certainly have been more mindful about not having more than I need with a reasonable amount of resupply for when it runs out. Like I tend to have one bottle of shampoo in use and one in reserve, two at most if I catch it on sale, but no more a shelf filled with 10 shampoo bottles as you never get through them before they go bad! And for dish towels, I find that if I have too many then they just pile up or DH used 5 of them to cook one meal eyesroll.gif , having less, but still enough to get us through a few days is a good thing there. So I guess I apply the general philosophy, just not quite down to one.
post #23 of 26

Old thread, but I'll add that when we were moving I packed up all but 4 mugs of our many, many coffee mugs.  That's one mug for each of us. It meant washing them all every day. It also meant they weren't piling up in the sink and across the counter. It was really nice, and I was all for keeping it that way. You can only use one at a time. But dh and the kids seem to think they're being deprived if they don't see that abundance of mugs in the cupboard.

 

Dh and I are fundamentally different this way.  Mostly it's not a problem. But he's a cell-phone-o-phile and doesn't see anything wrong with getting the latest, greatest phone even though he's already got one (or seven, or more).  He broke one, got a temporary sent to him, got the repaired one back, now his boss has him testing a new line before they hand them out to the rest of the employees.  He's making noises like he wants to give me one of the 'old' ones, none of which are more than nine months old.  I'm already using his hand-me-down blackberry, which I'm perfectly happy with.  I can't see giving it up to take on a new, fundamentally different system, just because it's there. And it kind of bothers me that he thinks it's okay.

 

Hmm, maybe that was slightly off topic.  lol.gif

post #24 of 26
Journeymom, our DH's should get together. Mine is obsessed with Apple gadgetry. We both have iPhone 4S's and I love mine; plan to drive it into the ground so to speak. He's drooling over every new thing that comes out and spends an hour or more a day researching romours. He wants the latest iPad and iPad mini even though he has an older one that he uses all the time without issues. I asked him WHY he needed a new one and he looked at me like I had two heads. Boys and their toys....
post #25 of 26
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Journeymom, our DH's should get together. Mine is obsessed with Apple gadgetry. We both have iPhone 4S's and I love mine; plan to drive it into the ground so to speak. He's drooling over every new thing that comes out and spends an hour or more a day researching romours. He wants the latest iPad and iPad mini even though he has an older one that he uses all the time without issues. I asked him WHY he needed a new one and he looked at me like I had two heads. Boys and their toys....

 

Exactly. Use it up, wear it out.  And that's the problem! It's not a need, it's a want. eyesroll.gif

post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by journeymom View Post

Old thread, but I'll add that when we were moving I packed up all but 4 mugs of our many, many coffee mugs.  That's one mug for each of us. It meant washing them all every day. It also meant they weren't piling up in the sink and across the counter. It was really nice, and I was all for keeping it that way. You can only use one at a time. But dh and the kids seem to think they're being deprived if they don't see that abundance of mugs in the cupboard.

 

Dh and I are fundamentally different this way.  Mostly it's not a problem. But he's a cell-phone-o-phile and doesn't see anything wrong with getting the latest, greatest phone even though he's already got one (or seven, or more).  He broke one, got a temporary sent to him, got the repaired one back, now his boss has him testing a new line before they hand them out to the rest of the employees.  He's making noises like he wants to give me one of the 'old' ones, none of which are more than nine months old.  I'm already using his hand-me-down blackberry, which I'm perfectly happy with.  I can't see giving it up to take on a new, fundamentally different system, just because it's there. And it kind of bothers me that he thinks it's okay.

 

Hmm, maybe that was slightly off topic.  lol.gif

You can send those phones my way ;)

 

Discovered my inner minimalist last year.  I am still working to pull it out of the closet, however.

Some of these posts got me thinking of other things I can purge, yay!

I am also guilty of returning to the store to buy a duplicate item of clothing, or the same style in a different color.

We have way too many blankets right now.  I have slowly been urging myself to let go of one or two here and there.  Mostly the kids blankets that are an issue, but my youngest is transitioning out of infant everything and into toddler sizes, making the decision to let go easier (what's the point of a blanket if it won't cover ya toes?!)

I am done having children (at least for the next 8-10 years minimum!) and it feels great to finally let go and see the infant items leave my home.  I know many Mamas get sad during this transition, but I am personally doing a celebratory dance when my youngest gets to "upgrade".

I am soon going to purge:  towels, my shoes, toddler puzzles, winter hats/mittens/etc., smaller or non-loved blankets, maybe kid cups, small kitchen things, kid books, maybe carseats, maybe my hoodies, grown-up DVDs because all we could ever need is on Netflix or TV, more kid toys...

I have recently purged or decided to sell/donate SO much.  I am really starting to see a difference in my home.  And with a few items gone in one spot, it helps to get a better organizational system for everything around it.

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