Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out. What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out? This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to. Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it? (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)
I’m just going to admit it: I’m a pretty messy person. If we didn’t regularly have people over to our house, this place would be a great candidate for Hoarders: Buried Alive.
But lately, my diabetes closet has been getting the shaft when it comes to a regular cleaning. Well, it honestly shouldn’t be a diabetes closet. It should be a diabetes shelf. That’s really all the room I need for my diabetes supplies. And yet this morning, if you opened the door to our hall closet (which is where my diabetes supplies are kept, obviously), you’d see that there was a lot more diabetes supplies than linens.
And most of this stuff is just garbage from previous set changes that I never take with me and don’t think to throw away in the bathroom garbage can that is literally five feet away. I just set the stuff back on the shelf and go on my merry way!
Anyway, I finally got my act together and straightened up all the supplies so now the closet looks semi-respectable (the linens still need work…).
I’ve noticed several bloggers talking about old glucose meters and other supplies that they keep around. For a long time, that was me. I’ve received a lot of complimentary meters over the years because of my work in the DOC and I might use them a couple times and then toss them in the diabetes closet. I held onto them forever, moving them from apartment to apartment. But finally, when we were getting ready to move from New York to Minnesota, I decided enough was enough. I was not going to haul diabetes junk 2,000 miles just because! So I threw it away. Yep, all of it. In the garbage. Probably not the most beneficial or environmentally friendly decision, of course, but our move was pretty spur-of-the-moment and you gotta do what you gotta do. And let me tell you, it is such a nice feeling not having that stuff hanging around anymore.
So I suppose I’m not really a candidate for Hoarders. I’m just really messy…