Saturday, December 13, 2008
Canned food and shotguns
Current mood: Purged
If I had any money to invest that is where I'd sink it- with canned food and shotguns you pretty much have your worst case scenario's covered. However, as I have no means to invest in anything other than those items which directly benefit Tracey Inc. right now I have been semi-obsessed with doing other things to prep for hard times (while wishing for good of course).
I have been cutting down on extra's of course, as are many people. I just got my xmas present from my father (it was a check- always the right size and color) and I went online and bought 2 new pairs of shoes (love Zappo's) but when I got them I had second thoughts and sent them back (they have the easiest return policy ever!) What I didn't spend on the shoes I put directly towardds paying down my credit cards. Further than that, I find myself stocking up on the basics. I just went to the grocery store and I bought: papertowels (generic), paper plates (generic), TP (never generic, my butt deserves the best however I bought the brand on sale), garbage bags, toothpaste and laundry detergent- all the lowest price brands I could find. I didn't need any of those things per se but its all the things I could think of that I'd need no matter what and it just seems like a good idea to stock up on those items.
I also have been thinning out my belongings. After coming from a long line of pack rats and garage sale specialists, once on my own I began to appreciate the minimalists and do my best to keep clutter to its barest form and I reguarlly give stuff to Goodwill. Right now I have stripped my wardrobe down to what I wear often and have given the rest to charity or sent home to my sister. Today I was going through drawers and closets looking for anything I didn't need. I guess my logic is that if I don't need it or use it maybe someone else can or will so let them have it. I have been making trips out to the car all day and now have the back of my SVU pretty full of stuff to haul to Goodwill tomorrow. I really like that feeling of knowing everything I have is what I love and need. Nothing extra.
At first it seems odd to be hoarding some items but purging others but it fits to me. I also am on a mission to use some surplus items I have. I gathered together all my cosmetic items into a box and threw out everything over a year old (which you should do, well...once a year) and found I have dozens of bottles and tubes of lotion. How the heck I accumulated so many I have no idea (and ironically today I get a gift card in the mail from- Bath and Body). So now Operation Moisturize is in full effect! I will not buy another bottle of lotion until I have worked through my entire secret stash! Same goes for body wash too BUT the good news is that no one, but no one will be able to say I stink for the forseeable future! And I'll have soft supple skin-ooooh!
I also have dozens of pads of paper and notebooks in various stages of use. I went through them all and tore out all used sheets so now I guess I have to find stuff to physically write down to get through all these sheets of paper. Anyone need a quick haiku jotted down for them?
I don't know if I am the only one who feels this compulsion but it feels like the right thing to do right now. Buy it if you need it and will use it and if you don't need it- give it to someone who does!