Continuing with yesterday's "party eats" theme, I opened up a couple of drawers where I store fun napkins and some miscellaneous party things. I decided that I've looked at these decorated napkins for long enough while using too few of them. I'm not going to get rid of them immediately, but I'm putting them in the napkin holder where they will be used in fairly short order, though I may put a few of the ones with cute designs with my paper crafts for some future decoupage project - or will that just be creating another thing to clear out later when I sort through those items?
Regardless, the next time I serve up some decorated cupcakes with fresh candy sprinkles, I may just have to buy some fun fresh napkins to go along with them.
The questions I ask myself regarding getting rid of this kind of thing are not easily answered in light of recently learning my favorite napkin buying source - Tuesday Morning in southern Indy - has closed its doors. See... this is where the problem begins - buying things when one sees them at a good price instead of simply buying what one needs when one needs it, and paying retail if that's the way the cookie crumbles... I'm often prompted to buy a thing based on some perceived future need for the item without asking if it's a thing that is actually needed at all.
I hope all this thinking while I'm purging stuff will serve me well in the future. I hate the thought that I might return to my old ways. I know, too well, how prone I am to doing so.
I know paper goods don't exactly have an expiry date, but let me assure you... after clearing out MIL's house I've learned these types of things do reach a point where they aren't fresh anymore. And I'm not talking about the designs.
Fun, pretty napkins need to be used. Enjoyed. Not stored for years.
Besides the napkins, what's pictured here are some greeting cards I gathered together in ziploc bags to take to the thrift store, a foldable gift box, two styrofoam plant thingies I don't recall why I purchased them (though the smaller one had been opened and cut, so I evidently did have a reason. Also I've got four packages of paper heart doilies, some broken and some cut dowel rods, an unopened package of colorful gift bags (I confess I saved back a second unopened bag of these), and two placemat grippy things that go under cloth placemats. I actually cut into one of these for making some grippy feet for furniture on our wooden floor. These can go.
Day 27: 409 things gone