Monday, July 27, 2015

Day 16: Too-small riding boots

What I purged

I was given these boots last summer.  They are nice boots by Ariat, one of the best-known companies that make riding apparel.  They are brand new and my size, but they seem to run small and don't really fit me very well.  It's unfortunate because they really are nice boots, and I can ALWAYS use boots.  Riding and just barn stuff in general is hard on boots, and I seem to go through a pair of boots every year or two.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Day 15: My old (and uncomfortable) desk chair

What I purged

Last weekend, I was at Goodwill when I found -- quite unexpectedly -- a great vintage chair to go with my desk.  I've been through several chairs over the years, and have found most to be uncomfortable.  I haven't been happy with this chair, pictured above, for some time, so when I saw the new one I jumped on it (not literally).

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 14: Coffee table and end table

 What I purged

In my new life, in my new studio apartment, a lot of furniture is one thing I do not need.  I have a storage unit where I can keep family things and other stuff I don't want to get rid of, but I'm trying to minimize what makes the cut.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Reusing and repurposing: Is it worth it?

I blogged yesterday about ways to keep things out of the landfill.  But because this blog is primarily about simplifying, I have to address the elephant in the room: Is it really simpler to reuse and repurpose your trash and items that have lost their usefulness?

Take the example of mason jars, for example.  You get jars with all sorts of things: jam, pickles, spaghetti sauce, salsa, you name it.  If you were to keep every single jar, you could quickly fill your cabinets with nothing else.  You could use jars as drinking glasses, food storage, vases, and pretty much anything else you could think of.

And while this is a cool idea, and very green, the truth is...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Keeping things out of the landfill

Before I get to work on the posts of things I'm getting rid of, I thought I would share this article about recycling that I saw yesterday.

Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified

I don't know about you, but I always fret about what to put in the recycling can.  Ever since I started recycling a little over a year ago, I really like it, and wish I could recycle a whole lot more than I actually can.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

More to come

I've gotten a little behind on my blog again lately -- or rather, failed to catch up when I'd planned to -- primarily because I've been so busy with my summer schedule.  But I've actually been slowly amassing a pile of things to get rid of, too, even if I haven't blogged about it.  I have a lot of catching up to do, so stayed tuned in the next few days for more posts.