Last time, there were many looooong conversations with TSS about what constitutes an in or an out and just how creative counting could be.
Last week, was my diary insert an in? If it is, then the old one is an out. What about the bonus note paper that came with the insert, and the little plastic stamp holdery thing and the lovely leather bookmark? - all bonus gifts.
It doesn't really do to overthink these things. The spirit of the challenge is to acquire less and let go of more. I need the diary insert, it's definitely consumable and it cancels out anyway - it's not counted. I don't need the note paper, the plastic stamp holdery thing or the book mark and if I did need them I could have made or readily improvised them from materials around the house- they are counted in.
Although TOF agreed that "hiding" things at his house or at the caravan would be wrong, he thought if he bought it, I didn't have to count it. Nope, that's just sleight of hand.
Stuff that either TOF or I buy for joint use are definitely ins. The fact that we operate separately and together out of three houses and a caravan (actually 2 caravans but that's another story) makes it logistically difficult but the principle is the same.
- 1 electric BBQ hotplate from some caravanning friends who didn't need it anymore - GIFT
- 17 books (we went to the local church fete. Only 4 are really for me, but them's the breaks) - FETE
- 1 food thermos. It will fit pies for the footy or soup or stew. At $10 it will make it's purchase price back in two uses - ONLINE AUCTION
- 1 knitting magazine - Can't resist Yarn Forward
- 1 bucket. Actually it's an old 20 litre paint tin we picked up by the side of the road. It's better than the little plakky bucket we were using for waste water at the van. - FOUND
- 1 copper based frying pan which matches the saucepans we took out to the van. I bought the saucepans at DJs nearly 30 years ago and they've done me proud. $3 TIP SHOP
- gift (no peeking) $2 TIP SHOP
- 20 cuddly toys collected for my favourite Westie breeder and slackly not sent. Sent now. - GIFT
- 4 precious Fowlers' jars lost in an avalanche in the storage area under my house - BIN
- 13 empty jars/bottles unsuitable for jams or chutneys - BIN
- 1 mixing bowl another jaralanche casualty - BIN
- 1 audio book - OP SHOP
- 1 camera case - OP SHOP
- 1 CD - OP SHOP
- 1 man's belt left by the previous owner of our caravan - OP SHOP
- 6 home decorating books - OP SHOP
- 1 cheap plastic container that probably arrived in a bulk lot of something else - OP SHOP
- 1 vintage Tupperware milkshake maker (we don't need 3) - OP SHOP
- 1 computer mouse (dead) - BIN
- 1 telephone headset (dead) - BIN
- 12 tshirts and shirts. The summer stuff came out of the bag and these didn't make it into the wardrobe. They were hand-me-downs or ill thought out bargain purchases from the op shop, so they can return - OP SHOP
- 2 Tupperware sandwich boxes - OP SHOP
- 1 thermos, came as freebie and is replaced by our schmick new food thermos - OP SHOP
- 3 cheapo measuring cups - OP SHOP
- 2 "green bags" - OP SHOP
- 1 glass jar - the button boodle continues its migration to Tupperware as suitable sizes are unearthed - OP SHOP
- 22 cook books. - OP SHOP
- 4 lots wool and fibre - GIFT
- 2 prs trousers - 1 to the bin, 1 to the OP SHOP
- 2 shirts - wrong size for TOF, wrong fabric for repurposing - OP SHOP
- 1 coffee pot and 1 tea pot. Even though I love these vintage Crown Corning pieces, they are totally unnecessary. - OP SHOP
- 2 Tupperware salt/pepper shakers. We have enough and prefer the grinders anyway. OP SHOP
- 3 novels. Read and not part of the permanent collection - OP SHOP
- 2 pairs socks - all knitted and the ends sewn in - will blog them later.
- 2 knitted pot scrubbers - ditto
IN 23OUT 111NETT OUT 88