And a Time to Throw Away…

ChocolateAs I brushed my teeth last night, I noticed that there were 3 empty toothpaste tubes in the bathroom.


This isn’t the only time I’ve seen something like this.

A recent sweep of the refrigerator yielded 2 ketchup bottles, 3 Ranch dressing bottles, 3 Hershey’s syrups and a couple of barbecue sauces – all empty.

There was an empty shampoo bottle in the bathtub and both toilet paper holders had a new roll sitting on top of the empty cardboard tube.

And – there was an empty corn flake box in the pantry. What’s with this? Are we expecting the corn flake fairy to refill it?

I think my kids may have an aversion to throwing things away.

Or maybe <gasp> they learned this behavior from me.

In my efforts to be super frugal I might just have gone overboard teaching them to get every little bit of chocolate out of each Hershey’s bottle before it was forever lost in the garbage.

Maybe cutting the bottles in half and using a spatula might have been a bit extreme. 🙂

Looks like I may need to temper my frugal lessons with a little Ecclesiastes 3:5 “…a time to keep and a time to throw away…”

Meanwhile – I have added garbage collector to my job description.

But at least I can take comfort in the fact that at least they still need me. 🙂

3 thoughts on “And a Time to Throw Away…

  1. You have hit on my biggest pet peeve EVER!! An empty container in my pantry or fridge. See I’m just the opposite…..I have a tendency to over throw stuff away….which makes John cringe 🙂 Oh well, opposite attract right?



  2. I completely understand. I think I need to have toilet paper changing/ paper towel tube changing class for my hubby. At least the syrup and other bottles made it to the fridge. In my house they would have simply been left sitting on the counter.


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