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?