How to Shop Minimally

Today’s post from the Daily Prompt inspired me to write about a concept I’ve been trying to adopt for a while. Replacement.

 

Today when I buy something I ask myself questions.

  • Do I need it?
  • Does it fill a void that I’ve been wanting to fill for a while?
  • And in relation to this post,
    • Do I already own something that can do this?

 

This unfolds another series of questions:

  • Why do I need this thing if I already have something similar?
  • Does this do it better/faster/more sustainably?
  • Do I need two of these things because one is always borrowed or used elsewhere?

 

I now have a rule for when I buy things:

 

For everything I buy, I must get rid of one thing.

This keeps me from falling down the slippery slope into hoarding again.

 

When I went to Goodwill the other day I donated at least 150 items of clothing. I then went in and bought 3 new things.

I had already met my rule by donating 50x the amount of things I was accumulating. But, there was a problem. I had bought a pair of jeans. I already have a pair of jeans.

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The pair of jeans I already have don’t fit well, I hemmed them (poorly), and they ride way too low in the back. I never wear them.

The new pair fits me wonderfully, I feel great in them and I’m not afraid to move around in them.

So, out with the old and in with the new, my old jean are one of the things I will be getting rid of today in my 30-day challenge. Along with an old box and a stained pair of socks.

via Daily Prompt: Replacement

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The Best Life

He talks of plans, of dreams, for us,
of all the things we often lust.

The house, the car, the fancy toys,
are all too tempting to ignore.

‘We will have the best life’ he says to me,
and I nod, hold his hand, I agree.

But I’m not waiting for those days,
they only come from long delays.

A year ago, I was made his wife,
and that is why ‘I have the best life.’

Two Bottles Unwanted

Today is day two of my minimalism challenge.

 

I got rid of two crown royal bottles.

Two bottles I didn’t need, and who didn’t need me.

I’d held on to these bottles for god knows how long.

With grandiose plans of repurposing them.

They’d make great soap dispensers.

They could hold buttons,

or seeds,

little trinkets,

and things.

 

Yeah, right.

They’ll sit in that corner, gathering dust.

Just to be thrown into a box when I move.

So they can be forgotten again.

 

I’m saving us both the trouble.

30-Day Minimalism Challenge

Yesterday I watched the Minimalism Documentary on Netflix and now I am in love with The Minimalists.

Today I am challenging myself to their 30-day minimalism challenge.

The gist of the game is that for 30 days I will get rid of things incrementally. On the first day I will get rid of one thing, on the second I will get rid of two, and so on.

By the end of the 30 days I will have gotten rid of 465 things.

Starting today off with a bang I brought 3 garbage bags full of clothes to Goodwill. I estimate that it was about 150 things. Mostly mine, but some of my husband’s as well.

I am very excited to go on this journey and hope that some of you will go on it with me.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to join in or if you are partaking in a similar challenge. I would love to hear about it!

 

Enough

When will I have enough

 

Enough things

Enough happiness

Enough understanding

Enough money

Enough time.

 

Always trying to get enough.

No matter how far I get,

Its just out of reach.

 

What is enough?