I finally got around to some Spring Cleaning this week that was obviously long overdue.
One of the things that stood out to me while cleaning out one of our corner cabinets is how many candles and flower vases we have accumulated over the years.
We have not burned a candle in our house in a few years (except during the occasional power outage), yet we never seem to throw any of them out, and we kept receiving more as gifts. There are now no candles in our house.
While the vases have gotten some use over the years, there were many that were just taking up space. I think we ended up throwing out close to 20 vases.
I like the feeling of getting rid of stuff that is rarely, if ever used or looked at.
We plan to continue the purge over the next few weeks.
When I mentioned to my wife and son that I was going to start this decluttering, I said the only things safe in the house were the two of them and our dog. Everything else was up for discussion.
I know the hardest thing for me will be trying to decide which, if any, of our kids’ school projects to keep and which to toss. I know there are many that we have not looked at in years, but I have trouble getting rid of them, and all our kids are now in their 30s.
I’m also helping that the house purge coincides with a weight purge. I’ve heard of the freshmen 15; I wonder if there is a thing called the COVID 10.
In the meantime, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there are no power outages in our future, or at least not until someone gives us a candle as a gift…
*image from FTD