Joyce OreBuyer's remorse – upside down

If it isn’t used for two years, get rid of it. Good advice for those who want to keep their homes uncluttered? Eons ago, when I was young, spry, full of energy and full of glorious expectations, my mother gave me a small roasting pan made of black enamel and sprinkled with white dots.

For a young, married woman who couldn’t cook much other than oatmeal cookies, this pan was not so much to look at as it was full of promise. I discovered I could put a roast in the pan, surround it with potatoes, carrots and onions, stick it in the oven and perfection was guaranteed. Well, as far as one could guarantee perfection for a young bride. I still had to remember to turn the oven to a temperature somewhat below broil and remove the pan when the roast still resembled a roast.

Time passed and the crock pot came along, even more forgiving than that little roaster.

“If it isn’t used for two years, throw it out.”

I did.

Now, I want it back, and I can’t find it.

Back several decades, I had a set of gold-colored drinking glasses and a set of chartreusecolored drinking glasses to go in my gold and chartreuse house. Time passed, and our house changed to mauve and burgundy. Gold and chartreuse with mauve and burgundy? Not so much. Out went the drinking glasses, but not right away — just a few years ago when I was in a short-lived get-rid-of-the-clutter-mode.

“If it isn't used in two or 15 years, get rid of it.”

Last summer at the Junk Jaunt, I discovered the cutest set of dishes, probably hidden away in some attic since the middle part of the last century. Colors? Gold and chartreuse, perfect to go with either of my gold or chartreuse drinking glasses.

Except…I no longer had them.

Now, I want them back.

My advice: If it isn’t used in two years or 15 or 25, save it. Someday you will want it back.

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