Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Moving is the perfect time for me to downsize my life. I started sorting and packing stuff in preparation for moving. Yes, its a bit early but why wait until the last minute? Starting now gives me plenty of time to decide what I really want to keep and what needs to be donated. Most of it won’t ever be used by me but may just be what someone else is looking for. The less I have the less to be moved.
I had already gone through my fabric stash a few weeks ago. I had donated 4 tubs and 2 boxes of fabric to a charity group. I had more fabric for quilts than I’d ever make in my lifetime and saw no need for keeping it all. On Saturday I donated the rest of what won’t be used. What I kept is my PIGS and UFOs and the fabric to finish them. I kept only my stash of selvages, neckties, and t-shirt scraps. I make quilts from the selvages and neckties. I make rugs from t-shirt scraps. I now have those down to a manageable amount.
My daughter now has the freezer. She needs a big freezer much more than I do. The other appliances, except for the bar fridge, will stay with the new owner of my house. It’s been listed with a real estate agent.
I went through old papers and shredded enough to fill 2 trash bags.
Its strange but I look at things now and wonder what the heck was I thinking when I kept it? When I move into a new house I want only what will actually be used. Its not necessary to keep things “just in case” anymore.