Target Sunday

I went through the huge rubbermaid bin I dragged down from the attic and it was filled with mostly empty CD cases and cassette tapes that were mine. I had absolutely no trouble getting rid of all of it. Do I really need a bootlegged tape of the Grateful Dead circa 1985? The answer is a resounding no.

My husband still has a cooler (COOLER??!!!!??) filled with his cassette tapes hiding somewhere. I will find them eventually.

I went to Target today. For the first time this year. I bought extra virgin olive oil, allergy medicine, toilet paper and binder style CD holders. Yes, I think I needed them.

We had one binder style CD holder that was at least 10 years old and the pockets where the CDs went were ripped or strecthed out. So every time you would open it CDs would fall out. Then we had movie and music CDs mixed together with blank CDs on one of those little container spools the blank CDs came on. And computer software was just tossed in the junk drawer. It has driven me crazy for a long time.

So this morning when I was going through all of the CDs, I decided that it was just time to get it all organized once and for all.

I was going to buy some CD holders that were on clearance, but they were ugly. I went back and forth in my head– clearance price or something I like. And then in a moment of clarity I realized that saving money to buy something ugly that I will just want to replace really isn’t saving anything. Much better to buy something that is slightly more expensive, but I really like.

That probably sounds like I am trying to justify my purchase, and make excuses. But it isn’t.

Now if I had bought that adorable pink with white trim tennis skirt with matching athletic tank top for my daughter, I would be trying to justify it. Instead I just looked at the outfit. And, yes, even touched it to soak up all of it’s adorableness. But I left it behind. Because if I had bought it I would have had to buy her white sneakers. And socks with the little balls on the back. And a sun visor. The next thing you know I would be buying her a tennis racket and driving her to tennis lessons. I am too busy for that. Maybe once she is out of preschool.

25 Responses to “Target Sunday”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    I picked up some CD storage thingys on Freecycle a few summers ago. They weren’t the prettiest things ever but I’m a crafty sort and painted them to fit into our decor.

    AND I also Freecycled all but one very small box of my hubby’s cassette tapes. I’m still determined to get him to let go of the rest but it might be awhile ;)

  2. Susie Says:

    I’m loving this journey as you report it. I totally agree with you about buying something you dislike because it’s cheaper. It just backfires when you end up buying something else sooner than later to replace it.

  3. crockpot lady Says:

    I’m having cd issues right now. I did get rid of the jewel cases to put them in a binder, which is good. But we just never listen to them (outside of High School Musical and Hannah Montana, sigh)
    we usually listen to stuff on the computer or one of the music channels on the tv. I have problems though of getting rid of things prematurely and then wanting them back, or re-buying.
    I should stock the changer the night before with a good mix, probably. And rotate through them so noone feels left out.
    because even my cds are made anthropormorphic.

  4. Jaye Says:

    See, I have just loaded all my CDs onto iTunes and gotten rid of all the CDs :D

  5. Carmen Says:

    Yes. You needed that CD binder case! I totally believe you!

    Every time a dvd or a cd comes into my house the case goes out of the house and the dvd/cd slides into dvd/cd binders. I have a binder for our children’s dvd/cd, a binder for our movies and one for our music. I love it! (I keep collection dvd’s in their case but we don’t have many of those.) I keep the binders in the closet. This has free up space in my house and makes my home look and feel more organized. Plus, whenever we go on a trip (we have a dvd player in our car) I just grab the dvd/cd case. This is also great when we are in a hotel room that has a dvd player. It has simplified my life!

  6. Jen Says:

    I think going with the nicer CD case was a great call…just in case you needed a pat on the back for that. lol I’m with ya on not buying clearance stuff just because it’s on clearance. If I don’t love it, I’ve begun noticing that it just feels like crap in the house…KWIM? And crap in the house? Well, lets just say that’s why I don’t allow indoor pets. ;O)

  7. Ladybug Crossing Says:

    LOL!!! You are too funny… tennis lessons all from a cute outfit..
    Good for you for leaving that outfit behind.


  8. Anna Says:

    I’m so jealous that you have a Target that I can’t even wrap my brain around going there and not buying EVERYTHING I set my eyes upon! You have willpower beyond my wildest dreams…good job!

  9. Jenn Says:

    You are a truely strong! Your self control in the children’s clothing will inspire millions (or at least me).
    I finally cleaned out the garage. I have a car load of stuff for goodwill and can (almost) get the car in the garage!

  10. mary Says:


    kind of like if you give a mouse a cookie….

  11. M&Co. Says:

    FWIW, I agree with you about the not buying it on clearance if you don’t like it. And the tennis outfit. I totally understand. You are much stronger then I.

  12. SleepyNita Says:

    Ugh. I feel your pain, I have a closet full of “clearance cheap” stuff, and guess what? I don’t wear much of it at all. It sits there in cheap IKEA drawers that I stuffed in the bottom half of the closet taking up space. And the stuff I have worn looks like crap because it was so cheap.

    As far as justifying a purchase, you don’t have to justify it at all. But it does make for good reading!

  13. Julie Says:

    The day we emptied out the 4 milk crates of empty CD cases was a very proud day in our 900 square foot house. It immediately felt like we’d made a dent. Congrats!

    FYI, our local library was always in need of those for when they loan out discs…they tend to come back in cracked cases. So if you want to put them to good use, that may be a nice win-win!

  14. Brigitte Says:

    You’re right, DON’T buy something ugly just because it’s cheaper. It’s a lesson I seem to have to re-learn every year or two. I go for the less expensive option, even though it wasn’t quite what I wanted . . and end up never using it and just resenting it forever (because usually the one I DID want is gone from the stores at that point). A lot of useless anger towards inanimate objects! :-)

  15. Sharon Says:

    It’s like the book “If You Give A Moose a Muffin”

  16. Sister Honey Bunch Says:

    I am learning so much from you.

  17. Susana Says:

    Your will power is rock hard, way to go!

  18. Amy Says:

    I came across your site shortly before Christmas and have throughly enjoyed reading your posts. Congratulations and all the best on your present journey!
    I am one of those “strange” people who actually enjoy cleaning and sorting on a fairly frequent biases. My exception is office which is currently in our bedroom. The last time we moved was in July and I was 5 months pregnant. Needless to say I did not do the best packing job and still have not organized the office department! :(
    Reading your post though is giving me the urge to sort,throw out and finally organize the office! Maybe later this week. After all it will help me find all those receipts for figuring our taxes too right?! I almost always have these neatly filed and sorted throughout the year and this year, I don’t even know where most of them are! I am really, really dreading this so I guess I better jump on it so I can celebrate! :D
    Anyway, I really enjoy your blog and “meeting” new people through those of us who comment.
    Have a wonderful week!


  19. Johna Says:

    That makes me start thinking about how I need to slim down our HUGE collection of VHS tapes from when we recorded family videos. I really should buy one of those machines that transfers it all onto CDs which would be MUCH easier to store!!

    Do you have a ton of VHS tapes to tackle too??

    Chris says: No I got rid of those a year or so ago when our VCR broke. I do need to deal with the little camcorder tapes though. One day.

  20. Hatchet Says:

    Go Chris! Stay strong!

    I’ve been lurking quietly in the background for awhile, but wanted to cheer you on for the purchase of the better item over the sale item. The old adage is true: you get what you pay for.

    Now if only Amy (above) would come to my house and help me get organized. It’s not that I don’t LIKE being organized, it’s just that the twins make it tough to steal time away.

  21. martin Says:

    Regarding the grateful dead cd.

    “Well the first days are the hardest days, don’t you worry anymore”
    “When life looks like easy street there is danger at your door”

  22. Bethany Says:

    If you don’t love it, don’t buy it, that’s my adopted motto.
    You did well.
    You keep it up; you’re inspiring us all.

  23. Maria Says:

    Sounds like you are on your way.

    I recently hauled all my old VHS tapes that have sat in a case for the past 11 years onto freecycle. I made a list of the movies that I want to keep my eye out for. Such a waste of space. I love working with a DVD, CD wallet.

  24. Maria Says:

    I have about 4 boot boxes and 2 cassette tapes holding cases still filled. I am not ready to get rid of them. Recently I did search out a cassette that had not been listened to in quite a few years.

    My kids love the movie Annie and I had the soundtrack so I was happy and it justified my holding onto all these things for so many years. Mistake I know but I can’t help it.

  25. carrie Says:

    I know that tennis outfit of which you speak. In our Target the little girl’s section is right across from the cereal. Genius marketing!

    I managed to make it out with cover-up (I was out), hair ties, shampoo, valentine’s for the kids, ink for the printer and a new booster for my daughter (who had outgrown the other kind, so it will be donated somewhere). Oh, and MORE laundry detergent. All things on my list!

    Thanks again, for the inspiration Chris!

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