This week in my pantry I came across the bread machine. Oh, the bread machine. A few of my children have been diagnosed with extreme gluten allergies over the last couple of years, so this bread machine has sat un-used for just as long.
(And please don’t come at me about the gluten thing. I’m shocked by how much this bothers people. Like people think those with gluten allergies make it up to be cool?! Several trips to the emergency room and some scary times led to this diagnosis. We don’t take it lightly. It was actually one of the hardest things we’ve done.) Anyway …
Our favorite weekend ritual of “family pizza night” lost the thrill when not everyone in the family could participate. Finally, yesterday I was ready to let the bread machine go. I spent about 15 minutes giving it a good cleaning, then thought “I should make sure it still turns on.” Well, it didn’t. I wish I could get back those 15 minutes I spent cleaning it!
I shouldn’t have been surprised, things left alone for a while usually don’t fare well. How many times have you been saving something “for just in case” only to have it become obsolete?
One of my experiences with this is exactly what I write about in “When in Doubt, Get Rid of It,” which is, you guessed it, similar to this post except I had kept the thing for five years instead of two.
This happens to us all and is an important reminder not to wait. Give it away while it’s got some life left for someone else!
But still, people responding to my facebook post about this the other day got really confused about my point. There were many versions of “But I love my bread machine” as a comment.
That is NOT the point. I used to love my bread machine too. We own lots of things that we loved and used at some point (or if not, that’s a different topic). But, at some point, lots of our stuff stops being used for some reason or another –
- Babies grow out of things
- Our lifestyle changes
- Hobbies come and go
Only keep the stuff you actually use!!! Besides things specifically for emergency preparedness, like 72 hour kits, emergency food supply, etc. that you hope you’ll never need, anything else should be let go if it isn’t used.
That’s the way it has to be if you want to live a decluttered life. Our homes should not be storage units of stuff, but a place for living!
And it’s my job to tell you like it is. When in doubt, toss it out.