It’s another marathon cleaning day for me, I guess. I started off the day (as I do many other days) with dishes and a load of laundry. But, the thing is, I had already done most of the laundry yesterday. So today’s laundry was the once in a while stuff. The dog bed (ok, so that’s only a little less than weekly), curtains, rugs, bedspreads. I don’t know where this cleaning bug has come from. And I really don’t feel like I’m far enough along to count it as “nesting.”
I also started cleaning out my closet and dresser, and that long forgotten bin of clothes under my bed. It held clothes from before my pregnancy with Henry. I just put that whole thing in the Goodwill pile, since I obviously forgot about it completely. No sense in it taking up space. Valuable space at that! Like Katie Jean, I live in an old house without much storage, and we get creative about where we put things. No room for junk!
And after finishing that, I moved on to Henry’s room. Cleaning it out once again. Seriously, if this keeps up, the poor kid will have no clothes or toys at all by the time I’m done with this pregnancy.
So where did I put all this *stuff*? Well, we have an ever growing Goodwill pile down in the basement. And, Rick and I have been discussing actually taking it to the Goodwill for some time now. So that is where I’m headed after this post… to the basement to gather and load the Goodwill pile into the car to take to the Goodwill! No room for junk, I say!
On another note, I read a very interesting post today over at Crunchy Chicken on The neurology of spending. It’s quite thought provoking. I really am not a big spender, I find a lot of satisfaction in seeing how little I can spend at the grocery store, or re-purposing something I already have into something new that I needed. But I AM kind of an emotional spender.
Last week, for example, Rick and I got into an argument. It was about nothing really, but those pesky pregnancy hormones kind of blew it out of proportion for me. So I left the house, practically in tears, determined to see if I could get into the salon to get my hair done… a $60 + expense that I haven’t taken care of since October because, honestly, we just didn’t have the cash. Fortunately for me, and the household budget, I couldn’t get in. And I was spared the wrath of a husband and bank who would have definitely been upset by us not being able to pay out bills.
That’s not always the case. I’ve gone out to buy coffee, clothes or various other non-necessities under emotional stress in the past. Sometimes it causes a lot of financial damage, but usually my “insula” (see the article for an explanation) kicked in and kept me out of too much trouble. Even if the $4 coffee wasn’t in the budget, it usually doesn’t break us.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading about why we are sometimes tempted to spend and what sometimes keeps us from doing so. Do you ever spend in reaction to emotions? What usually stops you? And do I have an excuse other than nesting for this cleaning frenzy??
Tomorrow’s post (Thrifty Thursday) will be on cheap dates, in honor of Valentine’s Day.