I tried using these cute little cucumber shaped eye packs today. I had a bit of a stress relieving cry yesterday and woke up with really puffy eyes. I put the “cucumbers slices” in the fridge and then placed them on my on eyes to reduce swelling.
While they may look like a wonderfully less messy alternative to real cucumber slices, they are, in reality, a very poor substitute. In fact, I would argue that they have almost no effect on reducing puffiness at all.
Firstly, the plastic they are made of isn’t very flexible, so the slices do not contour to the shape of my face. Thus, the slices are flat to my cheekbones and eyebrows, but do not bend into my eye socket area (which is where the puffiness is).
Secondly, the amount of ice pack material in them is so minuscule that they heat up to room temperature in about two minutes and then get even warmer as they sit on my face.
I came to the conclusion that my eyes were no less puffy after the “cucumber” packs than before.
This is just another example of some of the useless junk that I have accumulated and need to get rid of. I must have tried them before and come to the same conclusion, but couldn’t bring myself to throw them out (probably because I had just bought them). Now I’m ready to admit that I made a mistake purchasing them and can throw them out without remorse.
I decided clean out my sock drawer today. Socks are a bit tricky because I don’t feel like I should donate used socks, but I also feel bad throwing them out if there are no holes in them.
After pulling out the top two layers of socks I uncovered a sock organizer and all my old green school uniform socks. I think I need shallower drawers (is “shallower” a word?).
I have 12 pairs of heavy knee-length (wool or fuzzy) socks. They fill up my entire sock organizer, it’s crazy. I live in Toronto, not the North Pole. One quarter of these are red Christmas socks.
I found 13 pairs of green socks and tights from my school uniform days. Considering I haven’t worn them in years, I’m throwing them all away except for two that are still in the package, which I will donate.
So, this wasn’t a very successful exercise in minimization. I only donated two pairs and threw out 12 pairs. I still have lots of socks. They are more organized though.
Today, I delved into one of my bedroom closets (sadly, I have more than one) and found two shoe boxes of receipts. I also found another empty box that I can only assume I was saving to put in more receipts. I had twelve years of receipts in those boxes.
Since I only need to keep seven years of financial records for the tax people, I tossed or shredded and recycled everything prior to 2006. Well, except for my collection of show tickets which goes back to 2003. Sorry, I like looking back to see what shows I’ve seen! But it all fits in one box, so I’ve eliminated one whole box of stuff and one empty box.
Our very large recycle bin is pretty much full, it’s a good thing the recycling pickup is tomorrow.