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Shopping at home

April 27, 2010

Take note the title is “Shopping at home” not “Shopping from home.” Readers hoping for a list of websites with great deals will be disappointed.

This is not my sister's closet. Is it yours?

Seriously folks, look around the house before you go shopping. Credit for this one goes to my sister, who recently returned to her home in Minneapolis after a four-month temporary job as a physical therapist in Salem, Oregon. She went on a closet-cleaning frenzy and shared with me her findings. Amusing, odd and comprehensive, the untapped bounty in her apparently crowded closets is a lesson to us all.

She unearthed eight bars of soap, six body sprays, three room deodorizers, eight leather/boot waterproofing sprays, five clear nail polishes, 15 reddish nail polishes, five deodorants, four cans of body powder, three shoe horns, eight toothbrushes, five flosses and eight razors. The razors, she reports, were all used to some degree. I believe little else was, though it is often hard to tell with nail polish because going through one bottle seems to take years.

An email update the next day continued the inventory: eight toiletry/ cosmetic bags, six pump bottles of hand soap, two heart rate monitors (one broken), five duffle bags, three plungers of assorted size, a basket of batteries (all new), a box of assorted candles (two other boxes are elsewhere in the house), another shoe horn (making four total).

For now, I’ll skip the clothes. To be fair, though, my sister is not alone. I recently found an anniversary card I forgot I had purchased this year for Shaun. I did give him one but it wasn’t as good. I have a few summer jackets ordered online three years ago that I’ve never worn because they are too big. The number of red lipsticks in my many cosmetic bags is astonishing.

I could go on. I bet many of us could.

Take 15 minutes a day for the next week and check out your closets, including the floors in the back of them. Think before you buy. Who has the time, money and space for duplicates and triplicates?

For my sister, reorganization and culling created space in the hall closet to store six throw blankets and four spare decorative pillows. “Two of the pillows matched each other,” she wrote. “I do not remember buying one of them, much less two. Now I know that I have enough blankets and pillows for any given situation and do not have to buy more.”

She also found a rug in one closet. She says it look great on her three-season porch.

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Socco May 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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Socco

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