The Small Haul

Shortly after Ebin and I got married, we found ourselves completely overrun by the stuff in our tiny, little house.  We weren’t quite at the hoarder level but felt a little too close for comfort.  Between our single life stuff and wedding registries filled with things we “absolutely could not live without,” every bit of possible storage space was spoken for.  Within a few weeks, we had made our first drop off to Goodwill, a tradition we have continued almost every other month for the last 2 1/2 years.  I’d like to think that in the course of our marriage, Ebin and I have single-handedly stocked the shelves of our local thrift store.

Over the weekend, we made another Goodwill run.  Compared to other trips, the haul was small and seemingly unimpressive.  Well, unimpressive until we decided to note everything we were giving away.

so long, stuff

The stash included:

  • Stationary Set
  • Tote bag
  • Laptop Sleeve
  • Duvet
  • Duvet cover
  • 2 sheet sets
  • 4 blankets
  • Decorative pillow
  • Old clothes
  • Men’s winter jacket (with the tags still on from like 10 years ago)
  • Men’s belt
  • Pair of size 6 women’s shoes
  • Roasting rack
  • Spice rack
  • 4 pint glasses
  • 2 reusable water bottles
  • Travel coffee mug
  • 4 espresso mugs
  • 3 coffee mugs
  • 2 shot glasses
  • Condiment cup
  • Large glass bowl
  • Mason jar
  • 2 glass vases
  • 2 dog bandanas (in the original packaging)
  • Dog harness
  • Garment bag
  • Photo album
  • 8 picture frames
  • 2 decorative boxes
  • Small brass bowl
  • Souvenir notepad (from college trip to San Francisco)
  • High school memory book (unused, from 1999)
  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • 2 alarm clocks
  • Candle sticks
  • Incense holder
  • Plastic file box (with hanging folders)
  • Flask
  • Promotional luggage tag
  • Floppy hat
  • and an Easy button (seen here)

I hate to think about what classifying this list as a “small” pile might imply about our consuming habits.  I will say that Ebin and I have made a concerted effort to cut back on buying unnecessary items and, at the very least, removing old items to make room for new purchases.  There is a larger lesson here about living simply and rejecting the idea that more stuff equals more happiness, but I’ll save that for when my soap box is safely removed from the glass house I’m currently living in.

What about you?  What have you done lately to make your life better?

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