Recently, some of my Babble Voices compadres have been sharing lists of things people probably don’t know about them, and I’ve definitely enjoyed finding out things about my bloggy pals, like that time Tracey Gaughran-Perez got a full body hug from Bill Clinton. (Coincidentally, back in 1994, I had a very pleasant dream in which the exact same thing happened to me.)
I thought about writing up my own “10 Things You Don’t Know about KAG” post, in which I could tell you about how I have a proud personal history that includes things like winning the Bell Buckle Hog Calling Championship not once, but twice. However, I’ve decided to go in a slightly different direction.
Lately I have been simultaneously embarked on the twin activities of seriously de-cluttering my life with regard to stuff of all types, while at the same time adding some new material items to our household and to my personal briefcase/closet/life. I tend to be a pretty hardcore declutter-er anyway (just ask my husband or children how long I let things sit around before sending them to Goodwill), but it’s amazing how fast a very large house full of many people can re-accumulate yet another bag of clothes that no longer fit anyone who lives here, or a stack of books sent to me by publishers for review but that I never found time to read. Sometimes, it becomes necessary to do a turbo-declutter for a brief span, and that’s what I have been doing in the past two weeks.
As for the acquiring of stuff, well, here’s something people really may NOT know about me; I have a weird hang-up about spending more than $10 on anything. I will put off making much-needed purchases for long periods — even when I have saved up and can afford the item in question — because I can’t bring myself to whip out the debit card. But lately, I have actually spent several hundred bucks (plants, dirt, paint, new throw rugs, paper lanterns, etc.) on the big yard and porch overhaul I am working on this spring, and it’s felt pretty good. (I think it’s looking good too, as I will show you when I put together some photos of the latest progress in another blog post tonight or tomorrow.)
So with all this getting rid of and acquiring of stuff in recent weeks, I have been giving some thought as to what goods and services in my life are my absolute faves — my go-to, couldn’t give ‘em up things that I’ve learned through trial-and-error really work for me. I think that having such a list, and knowing what I can depend on in the way of stuff (even if some of the items on it are wants rather than actual needs) helps to simplify my busy life because I don’t waste time looking for alternatives. I already know what I like and what works. And if one of the products on my list runs out or wears out, I know that it’s worth replacing, even if that means spending money beyond my $10 anxiety-inducing threshhold.
So without further ado … here is my personal, tried and true, goods and services I cannot live without, life punchlist.
(Just click the arrow to the right of each photo to view the next one in the series)
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So how about you? Are there any items on my list that we have in common? Are there other goods and services that through trial and error you’ve discovered are your go-to buys again and again – the stuff that even if you are paring down your budget or decluttering your household, would still always make the cut? Tell me in the comments below …
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