There is a fine line between prepping and hoarding. Since my mom’s passing, I have taken a long look at what I own. I have to admit for the first few months of getting disability I went over board in my spending. Buying food, clothes, supplies, etc that I had no been able to purchase in the previous 14 months. The last spending spree that I had was boxing day buying yarn. I bought enough to last more then a year.
Since then, I have taken a good hard look at my “stuff”. I have been making a point since then at looking at everything I have. Asking myself – “when I am gone will someone else want it, use it, need it” plus the food side of things “what is the expiry date”.
I have been slowly changing my eating habits to use up those food items that are close to expiry. I am no longer allowing myself to purchase any food items until I have gone through my food stores. It has made some very interesting meals and not the healthiest. One of the things that I discovered was that popcorn tastes like crap after it has been stored for over a year. It was stored in vacuum sealed jars with O2 absorbers so it was a surprise to me.
It has been very hard for me to pass up really good food sales when I know the price of things are just going to keep going up. Each time I see a sale, I have to remind myself over & over that I “don’t have to have it, I can do without”. I don’t know about others but I find when I purchase fresh / new food, I have a really bad habit of eating it first. I believe the only way for me to work through the dates is to not purchase anything.
I am hoping that the battle that goes on in my head will get easier.
One of the more interesting things that I have learned about in the last few months is the Herc Oven. It is powered by 20 tea lights. I found out about it as I follow “Prepared Housewives”. http://prepared-housewives.com/emergency-herc-oven/
There are several how to make your own using an old microwave but I am not that confident in my ability to build one.
Things are finally starting to settle down enough to post. After mom passed last year, I have spend between 30 and 40 hours a week dealing with the estate. The house is now sold but most of her art remains. Both my home and my sisters looks like we are hoarders due to the amount of things. Hundreds of trips to various charities, the dump and our homes. Multiple yard sales, gifts to family and friends and several art sales. Still both of us have no items then we can handle.
I finally managed to get some dehydrating done (about 300 pounds), 59 jars of pickled beets but alas no real canning yet this year. I have 60 pounds of potatoes in the kitchen waiting to be canned. My computer crashed earlier this year and I lost all of my canning and drying logs from previous years. Next time I will make sure I print off a copy just in case.
Last week I asked a real estate agent to start looking for land for me. So the journey continues.