Frugality is a good thing. It is wonderful to be able to save money and still have things that you need, use and love.
But there is a price to be paid for that. To be frugal, sometimes you have to get things that need a little tweaking here and there. Sometimes being frugal means picking up that special something that is on sale (or better yet, free!), and holding on to it until you have the time/materials to finish the project. Frugality often necessitates keeping the odds and ends of a finished project, knowing that they will be useful for a future project.
All of this takes time and space. There comes a time when you really have to look at what you have and wonder, “Is this really necessary”?
Now don’t get me wrong. I love coming up with an idea for a project and finding everything I need in my various “stashes”. Right now, though, Barefoot Manor is bursting at the seams with stuff.
So I am purging, and it is difficult. There are the things that were given to us by folks we love. There are things that I know will be useful “someday”. There are projects I wanted to start, but now have to decide if they are ever really going to happen.
It’s a lot of work.
My biggest fear is to get older and find myself on the future equivalent of “Hoarders”. I can just see it, me standing there in house piled high to the rafters with miscellaneous junk, going “what?!” as some counselor tries to convince me that my home really is a danger zone.
Wish me luck, folks!