This week’s Thinning The Nest is sponsored by: Knittymunchkin!
I found out last summer that one of my former co-workers is expecting a little boy in March (almost exactly 2 years after Knittymunchkin’s original due date – if he wasn’t in such a hurry to arrive 5 weeks early!). We were given three HUGE rubbermaid totes full of baby clothes by one of R. Darling’s co-workers when Knittymunchkin was born, and I remember how amazingly helpful that was for us and how grateful we were to receive it. Though R. Darling does well with his job, money always seems to be tight with a newborn in the house. So I thought, what better way to pay some of that good karma forward, than to do this for someone else. Many of the things that Knittymunchkin has worn have been through several kids, lots of spills, and assorted newborn/toddler antics. So there isn’t a whole lot that’s still in good shape. But once I started collecting things I was happily surprised to see the pile of stuff I was able to get together for her. Four giant bags of things, and more to come! Technically these aren’t out of the house as of this Thursday, but they will be by tomorrow, so I’m counting this as my week’s accomplishment.
Week 2: Four big bags of baby things! Done!
I read an article in Better Homes & Gardens last year about this family that tried to see how little garbage they could produce in one year. At the end of one year they had perhaps a small handful of detritus to show for themselves. Impressed, I read the article wondering how they could possibly do this. There were some interesting tips in there, and a lot of things that I didn’t really think I could feasibly do myself without a lot of inconvenience. I know that sounds crappy, but there it is. Sometimes convenience just trumps saving the planet (if only for a moment or two). But one of the things that really struck a chord with me was their suggestion to take photos of sentimental items instead of actually saving those things and having them take up space. Most especially when you just store the objects rather than using them frequently. One of my biggest problems with clutter is that I am too damn sentimental. I want to keep everything. And I mean everything. I have letters that I received from pen pals in middle school for crap’s sake! So I like this idea. And I think it would work for most things.
I thought it would work here. I mean, there’s the photo. I don’t need the sweatshirt, right? But when it came to this face, and my memory of this day, I had a moment of weakness. That photo can’t show me just how tiny this little bit of fleece was when I look back at it 20 years from now, when my son is 6’4″ like his daddy and this day is a distant memory. So I’m afraid to say that little sweatshirt was rescued from today’s Thinning The Nest stash. Let’s face it. I’m weak. But I’ve still got some time to let go. If I can :)