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De-cluttering

When wine glasses take over…

It’s hard to decide what to keep and what to let go. Peter Walsh says that if you end up needing something you gave away that things are easily replaceable. I guess it’s all about perspective.

When registering for weddings couples choose fancy china and stemware. Within a few years a lot of newlyweds have children and all the fancy stuff gets hidden and replaced by sippy cups and plastic bowls. With dreams of all the fancy dinner parties they will have in the future the nice items stay in the cupboards using up space. Will the items ever really be used? So far in our seven years of marriage we have had only a handful of holiday dinners plus our annual New Years gathering. Never a fancy dinner party. Maybe we could just rent or borrow stuff when the parties do eventually occur. Over the years families inherit more china and crystal, silverware and knicknacks that get added to all their wedding stuff.

I recently spent some time going through our stemware. I only drink white wine (if any) and my husband doesn’t drink wine at all. If I give away all of my red wine glasses and years from now develop a taste for it I will be able to buy new ones. The end of the world will not come because there are none in my cupboard. So with that all the red wine glasses, smaller liqueur glasses, Marguerita glasses and some other stuff has been donated. I still have the champagne and martini glasses to contend with.  A decision has been made to recycle my extra slow cooker (yes I have two). It’s been missing a leg or two for a while and hasn’t been used in a while. I can always borrow my moms when necessary.

Eventually our home will have exactly what we need – no more and no less.

And pigs fly.

~Stephanie

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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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