Do you find it hard decluttering something that might be useful some undefined time in the future?
Do you live with someone who doesn’t like anything being thrown away?
My decluttering efforts often come into conflict with Mr Sans. He likes to bring things into the house. And when he buys something, he generally buys multiples. Just in case.
Just in case of what? Famine? Flood? A run on Butterscotch schnapps in the shops? A world shortage of Dunlop Volleys?
While I’m telling tales out of school, once he bought dozens of polo shirts because he said the company would stop making 100% cotton ones. These shirts were his favourite work top. But then he changed to button down shirts. What happened to the polo shirts, you ask? They got stored for the future. He won’t tell me where because he knows I will donate them to St Vinnies.
The kids laugh when I thrown something out. They know I have to hide items under other things in the bin lest they be rescued by Dad. Even when he has forgotten we own something AND we haven’t used it for years, if I throw it away, he will “rescue” it.
So that brings me to today’s decluttered items.
Mr Sans brought those home from work a year ago. Plastic cups!
We don’t use them. We won’t use them. We serve in glass and wash up. We both hate single use plastic and hate drinking from them.
Why’d he bring them home? They might be useful.
Why’d he keep them? Ditto.
Yes, we might, a very slim might, have a large party one day where plastic cups would be useful. But that might doesn’t outway having these clutter our kitchen cupboards.
So, and please be quiet about this, I took them to work.
We will use them there. Drinks for kids. Staff functions.
I will keep chipping away at home. Did I tell you about the bikes? No, save that for another decluttering story.