Paperwork, books, clothes, accessories and well, just any sort of stuff anywhere near me, appears to have a very active sexual and reproductive life of its own. As a result, I am drowning in stuff.
As the authors point out, being disorganized and being cluttered are two different sins. If, in fact, these are sins, l should just pack my bags and plan to go straight to hell. As I am guilty. And in full measure.
2) One in, one out.
3) Six month/ six minute rule
4) Enough is enough
5) I forget this rule
I determined to follow Rules 1 through 4, and 5 when I remember what it is. Ok, let’s see how well this works in practice on a congenital hoarder and hopelessly disorganized person like myself.
I had bought this perfect pitcher at Louisville Stoneware. It had been expensive, in my estimation. That is, the pitcher cost a lot more than $20. Then I chipped the pour spout on the pitcher and it could no longer be used. I was frantic to find a replacement.
That takes us to Rule 2. One in, one out. Simple enough. When you buy one new item you need to get rid of one old item in the same category. Pick the oldest, most useless, worn out, or whatever adjective best fits, and give away, sell, or toss that item. The theory is you will not increase your stuff if you stick to the one in, one out rule.
I put the broken pitcher aside while I looked for a replacement. Even though under Rule 2 I should toss the pitcher, after all it not only had been perfect, but it also had been pricey. And it was still very attractive. I could not bring myself to part with it just yet. Maybe when I found its perfect replacement.
So I held on to the broken pitcher while I shopped for a replacement. Maybe it could be repaired. Although I felt I had a good excuse, I mean reason, to not immediately toss the damaged pitcher, that also caused me to think I would get some forgiveness for my “sins” if the replacement pitcher was relatively inexpensive. And, since I had no immediate intent to go downtown I looked for a replacement close to home.
Armed with the measurements necessary to fit in the fridge water dispenser, I searched department stores, discount suppliers, and all manner of places. Finding a pitcher of that exact dimension proved much more difficult than I had thought.
Finally I found a beautiful Lenox pitcher. But the Lenox did not fit the definition of inexpensive. And given the fate of the last pitcher, such a delicate and pricey pitcher was not a good bet for every day use. I kept looking.
Eventually, I found two pitchers at TJ Max I thought might work, one a lightweight plastic and one metal. I bought both. I figured I could return one or both if they were not right. As it turned out, the plastic one was the right size but not heavy enough to dispense water without holding the dispenser. The mental pitcher worked but only if I wedged it under the dispenser. It soon was slightly dented. By then, my husband had taken the tag off the plastic pitcher so I no longer could return it. Plus, as noted, my problem is keeping track of clutter. So--you guess the odds I could find the receipt. You're right. I ended up keeping both of those pitchers.
Instead of one in/ one out, now I had four pitchers for the old pitcher, plus a set of coffee mugs. In the meantime, while I had searched for a replacement pitcher, I devised a plan to repurpose the chipped pitcher as a vase. That is, once I found a way to fix it.