After two months of major slackage, I am back with a brand new ten things. I apologize in advance that there will be no photos to accompany this post as I forgot to take them before a pickup from the Vietnam Veterans of America.
I have a galley kitchen so it’s small. And I love my kitchen. It’s not fancy nor does it have modern appliances, but I throws down on the regular! My gut and butt can attest to it
In spite of the limited space, I managed to fill my little kitchen with unnecessary shit. I am a gadget fiend. If it promises to do something cool, I buy it, past tense — bought it. From digital food scales (Because, yeah, I’m gonna weigh every crumb before I inhale it) to digital meat thermometers, ya girl bought it.
Enough jabbering; here are the ten things (Technically, more than ten, but I’ve grouped like things together) that I purged from my kitchen:
That oblong, black speckled roaster that damn near every black family I know uses around the holidays. I am a party of one (plus cat). I ain’t roasting no turkeys or inviting company over for mass quantities no time in the near future (That’s the next five years in introvert speak.)
Two Foreman grills (Eff George Foreman…)
Assorted travel mugs acquired from gift bags and subscription boxes (I mean, how many adult sippy cups does one really need?)
Any mismatched dishes just taking up space to be taking up space
Chipped drinking glasses and keepsake tumblers. Just, bye…
Old, warped plastic food storage containers. No explanation needed
Scratched-up, non-stick pans. They were uglying up my storage rack. And besides, I already have a shitload of pans. I could probably stand to get rid of a few more, but I need them. I really do!
Unwanted bakeware. I’m not much of a baker, so I didn’t need a second loaf pan or the round cake pans.
Old rags and half-used or near-empty bottles of cleaners that were piling up underneath the sink. I still need to do a separate purge for that. I still have an unused Soda Stream thingy from 2006 that I haven’t bough refills for since…
THE PRINTED INSTRUCTION MANUALS TO EVERY KITCHEN APPLIANCE I’VE EVER OWNED! Ok, I’m embellishing a bit, but one instruction booklet is too many when you can go online and get the info you need. Amirite?
The kitchen is not completely decluttered. I know I could realistically get rid of a dozen more utensils and cookware, but I also know the moment I do, I’ll need it for something. And I’m not making the same mistake of doing another blind purge only to kick myself because it was something I frequently used. The struggle is too real!
I’ll be back the next time with Operation Dining Room aka my “attic”.
Do you say “foy-ay” or “foy-er”? I say the latter, but po-tay-toe, po-tah-toe…
Y’all! I can’t believe I actually followed through on a decluttering project. Not only did I find ten things to purge, I found 13!!! Thirteen!!! So, without further ado, here are my thirteen things in pictures.
Confession: I never considered “decluttering” a conscious part of my minimalism journey because I’m really so sick of seeing this word. I was adamant that I wasn’t going to declutter anything. I convinced myself that if I didn’t need it, then I’d just get rid of it, but I wouldn’t turn decluttering into a “project”.
Fast forward to now: I’m starting a decluttering project. Why now? Because I found myself just shifting things around putting them in their proper place with intentions of using them at “some point”, but six months later, they’re still laying around in their proper places, collecting dust and making me itch because I know now that I have zero intentions of ever using them again.
So, this brings me to Project Ten Things. Inspired by this article, by taking one room at a time and just getting rid of ten things per room, to begin, I would feel far more accomplished than trying to tackle my entire apartment (about 675 sq ft) at once.
I have 5.5 rooms (my foyer is the .5) and 4 closets, and as I look around as I type out this post, I already see at least five things that I can immediately get rid of. I already feel accomplished! Over the next six weeks, I’ll present a room, including the closets, along with ten things that I’m getting rid of. I’m actually looking forward to this.
See you next week when I tackle the coat closet and foyer! Pray for me…
If you’re like me, anything that becomes a massive undertaking becomes hella overwhelming! I literally shut down when confronted with a huge project.
My solution? Start small. And for me, that starts with my emails. I have a total of six email accounts (DO NOT JUDGE ME!) that serve six very unique purposes, which is not up for discussion at this time 😛
To make my six inboxes more manageable, I do a clean sweep daily. I find it very cathartic, actually. What I don’t like is when I make an online purchase, or donation, or inquiry, and suddenly, I’m on everybody’s damn mailing list!
I’ve also deleted a couple of social media apps from my phone: Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter are now a fond memory. No, I haven’t deleted my accounts, but not having the apps on my phone frees up so much of my time and energy. Have you ever literally been stressed out from visiting a site like Pinterest? It’s not only visually overwhelming but a constant reminder of the things you want but don’t need. Ugh
By ridding myself of these unsolicited messages, my Brady Bunch of accounts can all be properly managed. Yes, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, and Cindy all have a place and serve a purpose.
For me, it all starts now. I remember talking to my sister about a year ago and she and I were both like, “Yeah, right…”
We were both right at the time. For a year, I talked a good game while still doing nothing and buying shit I didn’t need, simply because I could and it made me feel good at the time.
Materialism and consumerism, for me, runs deeper than just “wanting things”. It is a direct result of growing up not having the things I needed (not wanted but needed), so when I was able to actually buy things for myself, it became my drug of choice. Get a dollar, spend ninety-five cents.
Now, I’m not saying that I’m going to get rid of all my belongings to only own a hundred things because, let’s keep it real: That jut ain’t me! This blog is not about purging my life of all of my possessions, but it will be about ridding myself of the things that no longer serve a purpose in my life and not acquiring new things to soothe some emotional ailment.
With every post, you can expect honesty and transparency. I am so serious about this, and this blog, more than anything, will serve to hold myself accountable. Join me, will you?