Preparing for Bath Remodels and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

In this house full of accumulated stuff, I thought there’d be nothing so rare as an empty cabinet, but now I have two empty vanity cabinets plus an empty medicine cabinet. The occasion? — bathroom remodel starts next week.

Empty medicine cabinet

Medicine cabinet with 3-way mirror — it was handy, but hulking.

This poor old cabinet is coming apart, but I’ll keep the glass shelves long enough to see if they might be useful to someone. I’ve been diligently sorting out what’s still usable, what’s recyclable, what’s never-used and can be donated, and what must be discarded, all the while trying to keep track of what I’m keeping.

Just to keep myself entertained, I held a “Goofy Stuff I Found” contest — here are the winners.

— Most prolific find — safety pins. Nearly all these came from one drawer in the dressing-table. I think they’ve been breeding in there. The first runner up on most prolific: match books. There were twelve. Two were empty. (?) Next would be the eight manicure scissors (Bob’s) and at least that many nail clippers (ok, some were mine). We must have had a fear of not being able to keep our nails short after the revolution.

Many many found safety pins

Apparently, I am very interested in safety (at least in pins).

— The oldest finds  — Flouride gel, expired 2/1989.  Prescription, expired 5/1998. SO last century. Luckily, collection of expired medication is no longer a once-a-year event, and I can drop these off with a bag of others I’ve set aside.

The oldest things found in the medicine cabinet

I’m trying to dispose of things responsibly, but it isn’t always easy. I ended up with a small grocery bag of trash, and a LOT of stuff I need to use up. That includes what I cleaned out of another cabinet a while back, posted here.

On the topic of throwing things away, quoting a comment on an Apartment Therapy blog from last week, “There is no away.”  –Good to remember.

 

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6 thoughts on “Preparing for Bath Remodels and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

  1. Oooh. I’m guessing you want to get rid of the dark wood and make the bathroom brighter. Speaking of expired gel, it reminds me of a stick of superglue I had for a few years. Tried to open it the other day and I couldn’t – cap wouldn’t turn and it felt rock hard.

    • Yes, that bathroom has color challenges! I hope it will be much brighter. Superglue is tricky isn’t it? My theory is that once it’s opened, it thereafter glues itself shut, so it doesn’t matter if you want to use it the next day or the next year. (Perfect planned obsolescence)

  2. I really enjoyed this post. It is always interesting to go through things and see how old some items are. I’d hate to see the dates that would be on most of my spices if they had expiration dates.

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