I took home the same amount of things that I gave which amounted to a paltry four things. Have I really simplified my life so much that all I could find to give away was four measly items? I wish. The truth of the matter is I have a huge pile of clutter accumulating in my bedroom. Daughter has signed up for a World Challenge Expedition in 2015 where she is expected to fund the trip herself through sponsored events, enterprising schemes, babysitting and the like. Part of her income generating strategy is selling stuff on eBay and at a car boot sale so that's where most of our surplus stuff is destined at the moment.
However a pink ballet bag and some kitchen utensils were liberated from the World Challenge pile and Given.
I told myself that on no account should I bring home more things than I donated and I stuck to my word. My Takens were:
Exhibit No. 1:
The biscuit jar. Does what it says on the jar.
Exhibit No. 2
One willow pattern plate to go with all my other mismatched willow pattern plates.
Exhibit No. 3
The Best-ever Bread Cookbook. This has already proved its worth (groan at the breadmaking pun) and Son was kept busy last Sunday afternoon making his first ever loaf of bread.
Exhibit No. 4
The CD Trouble by Ray LaMontagne.
None of the four items were things that we desperately needed but as each one has been put to use, read or listened to already, I think we can call it a success all round!