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De-cluttering

Easy as pie?

De-cluttering is not as easy as pie. I don’t know why I have accumulated doubles, triples and more of certain things but enough is enough. Things like pie plates I have purchased over the years don’t make any sense but somehow I felt I needed them. Should I be able to make multiple pies at a time without worrying about what to use? So the decision was made and Big Brothers got my extra pie plate along with a few cake pans and other assorted junk.  Why should I be sweating over the thought of giving away my pie plates? I really rarely make pie anyways. Also going is a turkey roaster. Yes, I do have another turkey roaster.

Everything that is sold, donated or thrown away gives me pause. A chance to think of why I bought it or accepted it as a gift. It saddens me of the wastefulness of it all. I follow a blog about Zero Waste by a woman named Bea. She has some revolutionary ideas about waste and refers to the 4 R’s – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Yes indeed we have every right to refuse items. Just because McDonald’s gives away children’s toys with every meal does not mean we have to accept them. Just because the insurance dealer has a free pen for you with every policy doesn’t mean you have to take it. Just because someone wants to give you something doesn’t mean you have to take it! We need to make our own path in life and sometimes it means not agreeing with the status quo. So as part of my de-cluttering effort I will have to refuse also. Our home is not a storage unit. Our home is where we should thrive and live life to the fullest each and every day. So wish me luck on the next things to leave the house and the next things that won’t get the chance to make it into our house.

Refuse… it’s an interesting notion.

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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