I know! There is a great movement happening now about how we should all be paring down, living leaner, cleaner lives with less clutter and garages that actually have room for a car. But I come to you tonight (when I ought to be in bed) and I give you evidence to the contrary.
An interesting and somewhat amusing phenomenon has shown itself in my home as of late. It is this: As the family funds have shrunk....the usefulness of discarded (in the back of drawers and closets) items has actually grown in value.
Let me explain (and illustrate).
Last week I finally decided to add "foundation make-up" to our shopping list. Working (or not) at home has saved on my make-up needs so much that I have not replaced anything in ages. When I do use make-up I've been fine with using a q-tip to get the very last bits out of the jar I had.
Just before heading to the store I happened to notice an old bottle in the very back of my make-up drawer. It was a color I had disliked and replaced with something more acceptable at the time. BUT, this time I tried it and then rejoiced as I happily crossed the item off my shopping list!
Yesterday I felt industrious and I got to work cleaning and organizing my clothes closet. I ended up with a huge pile of blouses, shirts and skirts for the goodwill and for the garbage can. (I could write a whole post on the emotional ties we have with clothes that represent things in our lives and how hard it is to let go of them!) There was a neat stack of jeans that were too small or I hated in the very back corner of my closet and I just added them to the goodwill pile because I knew they were all in good shape and someone would love them.
Late last night after I bagged up the skirts and shirts and cut up the old t-shirts for motorcycle rags, I saw the stack of jeans and decided to try them on before giving them away. Surprise, surprise, four out of the six fit fine and I cannot even remember what I hated about them so much that I had refused to wear them for over a year!
So my friends, the moral of the story is that the things that were not good enough for you when you had enough money, are now just fine when you are not quite as picky.
|Teeny tiny motel lotion, totally usable!|