18 Aug

Has anyone ever watched the TLC show, “Hoarders”?  I haven’t because when I tried, within 10 seconds I was so taken back I just had to turn it off.  I just can’t imagine that lifestyle.  Being in a small apartment with my husband can be challenging, but it’s also the perfect situation for staying as minimal as possible.

“We have no room for clutter!”

Ed worked all day, so after lunch I stayed in and to clean and “declutter” what I could.  I did the usual bathroom cleaning, laundry, dishes, made the bed, etc., but I also took a look in my “basket of stuff” that I tend to throw things into when I don’t want to deal with them at that moment.

“We’ll call this my extended junk drawer.”

Inside I found some notebooks, some of my old race bibs from the past year, a couple of filed accordions and something I was not proud of at all…

I’m a hoarder!

Sadly to say, that is just one envelope flap of grocery store receipts from the past year give or take a few months more!  I also found receipts from just about every other store I have visited on a regular basis for groceries or odds and ends things for the house.  In the end, it looked like this.

This is just the beginning…

I remember reading once to keep your receipts for rebates and or the possibility of being audited, but over a years worth of grocery store receipts with some with as little as fresh produce and milk on them.  I think I need to look into my research a little more.

I then tackled the shoe closet…another ignored part of our small space and found some old friends.

I put a lot of miles on these babies.

These were my first “running” shoes.  They helped train me and ran me through my first 5K and 10-mile race.  However, they had to go because they were not fitted properly for that type of running and ended up cracking my two big toe nails during the 10-miler.


I’ll spare you the details, but after nearly 6 months, I’m still waiting on those to heal. I kept them around for light workouts till I bought my real and current running shoes, but in an effort to “declutter”, it’s time to say goodbye.

Once Ed came home, we spent the afternoon running errands at IKEA, Kohls and Target.  It’s tax free week in MD and we didn’t want to miss out.  When grabbing my purse to head out the door, something green caught my attention.

“Whats green and and leafy and shouldn’t be chillin in my purse?”

You guessed it.  That’s broccoli from last nights dinner in my purse!  I couldn’t understand it at first, but then I remember my stumble from the kitchen to the table.  My broccoli flew from my plate straight into my purse without any notice.  24 hours later, it was a cold, soggy mess.  Nasty!

Dinner ended up being a combo meal at IKEA since my chicken didn’t thaw out today as planned.

“2 hot dogs, 1 chips and 1 drink = $2.50 and a happy husband”

Be on the lookout for a new try at an old chicken dish tomorrow.  It includes tomato paste, avocado and a whole lot of Parmesan!


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