But right now the only green part of me is the part of me that's green with envy. Envy of people with empty closets. Because I am so sick of looking at these things!
|Look closely...can you see them? The huge boxes on the left?|
When my husband and I were planning our wedding, we were unfortunately very easily manipulated by family members who had their own agendas. We let other people make decisions about the party (and at first, about the ceremony too) because we thought we were being good children/granchildren. Minor detail: the husband and I paid for the wedding out of our own pockets. And to give you an idea of the amount we spent, we could've bought a car with what we spent. A very, very nice car.
Screw that. All I did was make myself miserable by letting other people decide how to spend my money and tell me what religion my non-existent children should follow. By the time the big day rolled around the hubs and I had grown something resembling spines. We were able to tell people how we wanted our ceremony to go. I really envy the women who become bridezillas, because as least they have the strength of character not to get walked all over at their wedding.
But two years later I'm still letting other people's ideals dictate my happiness. Case in point, two things from the wedding that I still have because I haven't been able to do the "right" things with them.
The vases we used as part of the centerpieces at our wedding reception. I've been trying to tell myself to be green and take them to the thrift shop so that they could be reused. But after keeping them in my closet for months I am sick and tired of seeing them. They went in the recycling bin this morning.
I feel so wasteful. But I feel like the true waste here is the amount of mental energy I've put into trying to do the "right" thing with these objects (whatever that is) instead of going out and grabbing what I really want -- the space in my closet.
The right thing to do with these objects is to get them out of my home so that I can be happy. Now.
Oh yeah, I got rid of this mirror too. It was another gift from Grandmom (Miss "I can't bear to see it go to waste!") It's been sitting in my closet for over a year now and I have no use for it. I don't want to waste the gas to drive all the way out to the used home goods donation place when I have nothing else to take out there. It goes in the recycling too.
Have you ever tossed something that you knew could be recycled just because you needed it out of the house? What were your thoughts about doing that?
The ReckoningWell, the mirror didn't cost money. The stuff for the wedding...well, I paid for that. But at least some of it got used. Add three more things to the tally of items chucked.