The Year of Living Minimally – Week Three

I should have titled this series “The Year to Living Minimally.” (Can you tell I’m doing revisions on my seventh novel?!)

Last week I cleaned out some drawers. This week I cleaned out some more. Don’t worry, though, I have plenty more!

Utensil drawer and gadget drawer. What I tossed out from the top left photo is not really visible, but there were packets of salt, pepper, soy sauce, ketchup, etc. all in the back. Old. Ugh.

I used to love collecting kitchen gadgets. Some things I never even used – vegetable curlers and brown sugar softeners. A cheap little microplane and a spreader with a chipped handle. I’m keeping the Pampered Chef turkey lifters, even if I only cook one turkey a year. πŸ˜‰

I hate these drawers! Truly the junk drawers, filled with screws and tape and batteries and tools. They’re really my husband’s domain, but I fixed them up, and put a pile of operating manuals (for small appliances we no longer possess) into the recycle bin.

This next one was more emotional…

I donated my piano last year, and was happy to see it find a new home. It wasn’t the piano I’d grown up with, so I didn’t have an attachment to the instrument. And I hadn’t played in a very long time. But I still have an antique sheet music cabinet (my mom was so happy when she found it for me!), and it was filled with music. Look at the close-up at the bottom left of this collage – my sister and I took weekly piano lessons from Mrs. Bowser, and in April 1969 (I was 10), she rewarded us with the musical score to Oliver!

My sheet music collection includes pop favorites from my high school years, hardcover, spiral-bound books (Great Songs of the Sixties, Big Bands, Timeless Classics), as well as all the classical music I practiced so hard to get right. “Rhapsody in Blue” – I never mastered it. Now I’ll listen to it on CD or through my iPod or Pandora, and I’ll enjoy it.

My friend Lila is accepting the sheet music. She’s the Music Director at Providence College, so I’m glad it’s going somewhere good. There is one book of music I can’t part with, though.

I mean, I tattooed my name on his chest! πŸŽΆπŸ’™πŸŽΆ

11 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Three

  1. You prompted me to go through my small stack of unused sheet music. American Pie is also in my stash. I won’t be playing that or Scott Joplin rags anytime soon without a piano.


  2. Ah, kitchen gadgets! My husband and I took a cooking class last week and the store was super keen to sell us a multitude of tools. I admit I was tempted by a pineapple corer and a corn-cob-stripper thing (!) but in the end, sanity appealed.
    I’m feeling a wee bit guilty about my piano. Glad yours has found a good home.


    1. Oh, I don’t have either of those, Pauline! The tools that I use daily (spatula, wooden spoon, tongs) are in a crockery jar next to the stove. If I use it, I keep it!

      Please don’t feel guilty about the piano. They’re lovely to have!


  3. That is so cool that you found somewhere to donate your music to! It makes it so much easier, doesn’t it? I’m beginning to understand why more and more people who downsize go through the stuff they don’t want to part with yet and make a list of who it goes to when the time comes. There really is a peace in that, like knowing your kids will be able to take care of themselves when they have to. At least that’s how it feels to me…


    1. Cheryl, I can’t just throw away things that still can be used! I think that’s why I’ve hesitated with so many things. But I’m really determined now, so if it takes more work to find a home for certain items, so be it. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ’–


  4. I’m most impressed by your clean out. Are you finding it therapeutic or is it causing more grief than joy? I don’t have a lot of clutter or extra bits as life events over the years have forced me to ditch (sometimes lose) a lot of my possessions from the past which is sad as I really have nothing from my youth save my teeth which I’m hanging on to for dear life! Pete on the other hand could really take a leaf out of your book and speaking of which…go check your email! xoxo


    1. So far, Lottie, its been a positive experience. But I haven’t gotten into the difficult areas yet, either. I want to be able to say that nothing (no thing) is keeping me tethered. And I do understand how it’s worked for you. You have relocated in a big way!
      P.S. got the file, sent it along. Should be fine. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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