yellow gloves for washing dishes with

Pandemic Countdown Week 7: Lonely Gloves:

Whether you don’t have a dishwasher, your dishwasher is broken or you just enjoy the feeling of hot soapy water and the satisfaction of getting the dishes done quickly, gloves are a must if you want to avoid chapped hands. Enter yellow gloves. So useful, so yellow. But they don’t last forever. You feel the sudden rush of water into the glove – scissors or a knife have sliced into the gloves.

Wet hands were what you were avoiding, so you grab another pair and move on with the task. It’s usually just one glove that gets sliced though – for me, it’s always the right hand glove. I toss the ruined glove in the trash but can’t bring myself to throw away the still perfectly good left hand glove.

Today’s the day when all those perfectly good left-handed yellow gloves get pitched. I could send them to the thrift store, explaining the situation in an attached note. And the thrift store will pitch them instead of me having to do it. But there’s something decent about taking responsibility for them myself. The reality is, some things will have to go in the trash. Things that nobody wants or will use belong in that category. Holding onto them myself just delays their inevitable progression. One day, my kids will have to deal with all my stuff. They have enough material on me already, I don’t need them to come across a box stuffed full of perfectly good rubber gloves. Size medium, all left hand.

How about you, what are you keeping in your home to keep it out of the landfill? Is it time to clear some space in your home and let that stuff go where it belongs?


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16 comments

  1. Um, ok. I guess I’m the only person on the thread here who hates to wear gloves for washing dishes. I never use them, but I DO use lots of lotion. πŸ˜‰ So what am I hanging on to? The nicer plastic pots that annuals and other flowers come in from the nursery. They aren’t the kind of plastic that’s recyclable here, and they are sort of one step below actual decorative pots. So they sit. In the garage. And I never plant anything in them again.

    1. Ooh, that’s a great example of the genre – too good to let go of, not quite good enough to use. Hopefully if you aren’t ready to let them go yet, they’re at least stackable so they take up less space?

  2. I wear the right and left gloves, and if one gets damaged, I just take the replacement one out and use that with the still-working one. I don’t mind mixed or even mis-matched kitchen gloves. Is that a real thing? πŸ˜‰

    I generally don’t worry about the landfill; if something doesn’t belong with me and it can be used by anyone else, I let the charities figure it out. But I sure do hold onto more books than I need. I’m good at letting go of fiction (I have a very narrow set of books I’ll reread) as it all goes to friends or the used book store…for credit I use on non-fiction books. But oh, it’s hard to let go of those even if they are out of date and the equivalent of lonely gloves. Anyone want a doorstop of a book on OSX: Mountain Lion? (That was OS 8, and now we’re on Big Sur, 11.3, as far from Mountain Lion as Mountain Lion was from Cheetah in 2001!)

    1. Yes, I do that too – use the replacement one but then there’s always too many of the hand that never gets sliced. Oh, and those computer manuals are tough for many of my clients too. They have the machine the old manuals go with, but they also have newer machines they actually use. But you never know…

  3. Too funny! We do keep the “good glove,” and then it never gets used. I’m going to peek under my sink and throw any one-handers out that are under there. I would love to get rid of many things in my home that aren’t serving a purpose, but none of them are mine LOL! My husband is more of a “keeper.” Can you say, “Old HBRs???”

  4. I have been keeping a bunch of books that I’ve been meaning to ‘read’ for such a long time. Well, that stops now. I set them in the garage until I can drop them off at Goodwill. Bye,bye!

  5. I love this and I have to smile. I’ve been having trouble with my yellow gloves for the last two weeks. I love the imagery of the hole in the glove. Sure the gloves are supposed to protect our hands but sometimes things happen.
    So I learned this trick a long time ago.
    Right before I put the gloves on, I cover my hands and nails with olive oil or a favorite hand cream. The gloves are supposed to help (perhaps the heat from the gloves?) the oil or cream absorb as we wash away.
    Hmm..,perhaps there’s a message here. The good that comes from washing, cleaning, scrubbing the bubbles from our life.

  6. I love your description about the collection of left-handed rubber gloves. It’s not just the visual of the collection, but your decision-tree for deciding to let go of them. You make a compelling choice to let go (responsibly) so that your kids or the donation center doesn’t have to do it for you. And perhaps that thinking can be part of all the choices we make. What we don’t handle, we leave for our loved ones or strangers to take care of for us. And is that the legacy we want to leave them?

    What am I keeping that needs to go? Ahhh. Where to start?

  7. Hahaha, “they have enough material on me already!” So true! It’s a good prompt to think about all the random “why in the world was she saving these?” things around the house, that someone will have to go through when we are gone.

    1. Yes, if we start now, we’ll be leaving our relatives with such a gift. Clearing out someone’s space is one of the hardest things we have to do, both physically and emotionally. Anything we can do to make that easier on our loved ones is a tremendous gift.

  8. I can just picture your collection of left-handed gloves! You are correct. We all have things we are reluctant to toss because we think someone somewhere may want them. It’s important to recognize when that feeling comes across, take a deep breath, and get rid of them. Recognizing that some things are simply trash worthy.

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