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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Things I Will Never Need to Buy Again

Mr. FS and I are in the midst of reorganizing. This is a problem area for us both, so we are doing a mediocre job. Still, we are doing the best job we have ever done and anything is an improvement.

What is my problem area? Down comforters and pillows. Even though my newest organizing guidebook urges donation of excess, there is no way I'm getting rid of high quality down comforters brought from Europe by my fleeing forebears. Sorry Ms. Pinsky.

However, many can be stored in pillowcases (another problem area) in the attic.

As we've been doing this, I have made some discoveries: things I will never need to buy again or at least not for a long time.

10 years or more (?): down comforters, pillows, sheets, towels.

1 year or thereabouts: canned tomatoes, shampoo, toothpaste, soap.

6 months: coffee, powdered milk, peanut butter, sunscreen.

Even though Susan Pinsky is against stockpiling--heaping scorn upon it--I love knowing that I can make a meal, take a walk in the sun, and have a cup of coffee. And brush my teeth, of course.

As I look over the list above, I see that this is saving me tons of money. And I remember that after Katrina, a few people stopped by my house every day for cold water coffee.

Except for the stockpiling, I LOVE Pinsky's book. It is really keeping me motivated.

Do you have any problem areas that cause clutter? How do you cope?


Duchesse said...

You are holding on to all the down b/c of sentiment, I assume?

Down does break,losing its loftiness, when exposed to body (or other weight) which breaks the little spines. (That's why Mom never let us sit on top of a duvet.) When in use, have down pillows opened up, down removed and cleaned professionally annually. Otherwise they end up smelling funky.

The cleaner can also an add a small amount of new down to return the piece to its original loft.

The fabric covering of your duvets and pillows can get musty just like any fabric stored for a long time.

Glad you and Mr FS are finding pleasure in decluttering. The first 5 bags are the hardest :)

Frugal Scholar said...

@Duchesse--These are still very lofty. I would guess that they are extremely high quality. Nevertheless, as you note, sentiment would win out in any case.

I think the first 5 bags are the easiest. For me, it gets worse and worse.