I brought this blog post up from the archives to once again make the point of what need really is as that is the theme for today’s mini mission.
I mentioned many time how little we really do need as opposed to what we “think” we need. We really only need food, water, shelter and love, it is a little more complicated than that but not as complicated as we tend to make it for ourselves.
You only have to look at the photos of all the things I have decluttered from my home to see how much stuff we had that we thought we needed or wanted, only to find that sooner or later we discovered we didn’t need it after all. Somethings took longer to get rid of than others and that was often due to not being quite ready to part with them because we though maybe we still need them. Here are some examples…
- Some we haven’t used for sometime but maybe one day we just might.
- Some had been in use until recently but even though they were useful we really weren’t going to need them.
- At least one was something I thought would be so useful when I acquired it and I used it once in about seven years.
- One just didn’t really fit in the house anywhere anymore.
- One got used once a year to cut leg ham at Christmas.
- Two never did perform the job well that they were designed for.
- Changes of diet, climate and dwelling had a hand in some of them not being used anymore.
They all look useful enough right? It could be very easy to hang on to all of these things with the idea that our circumstances might change and we will “need” them again. Circumstances such as lifestyle, living arrangements, interests, returning to old habits and the like. But please take another look at all of that stuff. What among it is necessary to survival. None, thats how much. And there is still plenty more where that lot came from like the crutches in the garage cupboard that have come in handy three times in five years, the spice chest that only half the drawers hold items that could easily be stored elsewhere, the wine glasses we really have too many of, lots of craft supplies etc etc.
How many items such as this do you hold on to because you think you might “need” them some day. As Lena said in a comment once “Everyone chooses their own games.” The beauty is you can change the game rules if you want to or even the game itself if you like. Take a chance and play the declutter game instead of the clinging to things of limited use
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something of little value that you think you might have a use for some day. If you haven’t used it for some time the chances are you never will have a need for it and if you do you could either borrow or buy one. Hint ~ Be realistic about the difference between need and want.
Today’s Decluttered Item
Eco Tip for the Day
Another workplace eco tip ~ Instigate a recycling bin in the lunch room for cans etc. Even if you have to bring the contents home and dispose of them in your own recycling bin, at least you will know they aren’t going to landfill.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow