I don’t know about you, but at our house, little piles of stuff seem to accumulate daily. Where there was once counter space, there are piles of papers. Where there was once cabinet space, there are pots and pans stacked up. Where there was once an empty corner, there’s baseball equipment. And as the kids get older, it continues to get worse & worse. So today I decided to open up a few drawers to see what we could get rid of. A good purging was in order and so…I figured might as well start with the kitchen hutch.
If you have a kitchen hutch, you know the real purpose of this style of furniture…it’s a place to hide your crap. Oh sure…you COULD put your nicest tupperware on it or maybe put a vase to accentuate your kitchen, but for the most part, it has drawers and doors and so, by all legal rights, it’s a place to hide crap. And so we do. We have the kids’ artwork and empty bowls and serving trays and just about everything else in there. And apparently this was also the storage place for my wife to keep her gift cards that she has been receiving for birthdays, anniversaries, party gifts and whatever else throughout the years.
If you’re like me, if you give me a gift card, I’m going out and spending it. I know myself and my thought is this…you just got free money, might as well spend it! Right? I’m not gonna save a gift card for a rainy day! Screw that! I’m spending that bad boy as soon as I can get my shoes on and get to the store! So imagine my surprise when I opened the top drawer of our kitchen hutch and discovered a gold mine of gift cards!
I’m not gonna lie…I knew it was there. But I had NO IDEA how much my wife had been hoarding for the past 2 or 3 years! Seriously…gift cards dating back to 2008?!?! Seriously???
We have Nordstrom gift cards and Kohl’s gift cards and a sporting goods store gift cards and Kids R Us gift cards and Victoria’s Secret gift cards and Pinera Bread gift cards and Applebee’s gift cards and Starbuck’s gift cards (that one is in my wallet) and free passes to a skating rink and facial gift cards and massages and…did I mention a Victoria’s Secret gift card? Oh yeah…I did. And a couple of cards to more food places and another children’s toy store and on and on! I mean…there’s got to be at least $600 worth of gift cards in this drawer!?! And the biggest kicker of all? A gift card to Target for $50. Seriously? A gift cad to Target? My wife is there 8 times a week! How could we possibly have a gift card to Target in our house?
Needless to say, the gift cards are now gonna be put to good use. They have been pulled out of the drawer and will be put in wallets and spent as soon as I can possibly drag her to Target and Nordtroms and Kohl’s and Victoria Secret and all the OTHER places where we need to be putting these things to good use. Because a gift card is a terrible thing to waste. And we certainly wouldn’t want to hurt Victoria’s feelings…