|expired in 2004!|
I discovered only two things that I hadn't gotten rid of in the earlier purge. One was a pile of antacids from freshman year of college.
The other was this packet of cold medicine I bought when I lived in Spain in 2004. It's completely desiccated. In fact, it was even opened. I remembered looking at it during the last purge and in spite of its condition I actively decided to keep it.
|I was emotionally attached to this? You bet.|
Wow, was that my mother the hoarder talking or was that me?
Good question. In fact, I think it's a great question for anyone who struggles with emotional attachment to useless stuff to ask. When we have that gut urge to keep something we need to ask ourselves which side of us is talking -- the hoarder, or the person who wants to be free of hoarding?
If you can tell it's the hoarder side of you talking, then you can realize that the thought in your head isn't a rational thought. Ask yourself what the person who wants to be free of the hoard would say.
I say, in the trash. It's old medicine and it could be dangerous for me or another if I keep it. If I really need to hang on to the memories, I can hang on to them in a memory book (or a blog!)
And now, what you've all been waiting for...
Items 56 and 57: One packet of expired cold medicine and my collection of ancient antacids.
Cost: No idea. I clearly bought the big box of antacids and ended up wasting most, so let's call it $2.
Fate: The trash can. Be careful -- some medicines shouldn't go in the trash or down the sink/toilet. If you live in the US, check out the FDA's webpage about safe medication disposal for information about a safe place near you to get rid of unwanted meds.
Total wasted on stuff this year: $264.00