In the responses to Cindy’s and Deb J’s blog posts last week I kept reading the same word over and over again. Someday. You know how the saying goes ~ Tomorrow never comes ~ well someday is even further away than tomorrow. And if by some miracle someday does actually arrive, you are best to leave acquiring stuff that you “need” for it until then. Now is not the time.
Oh, how much someday clutter did I accumulate when in the honeymoon days of my scrapbooking hobby? Hundreds of pieces of printed paper that were too beautiful, cute or relevant to resist that I would use someday. The same went for stickers, embellishments and rub-on words. All items I convinced myself I would be sorry if I didn’t buy them because this might be a once in a lifetime opportunity or a bargain too good to miss. Where are many of those fabulous crafting items today? Sold, given away and some still in my craft room. Yes some of it got used but some of it has been undergoing a use it up challenge for three years now. I think I will be giving more of it away soon because I will be years ploughing through what is left. And it is taking up room that could be better served for another purpose.
In this day and age of rampant consumerism what are the chances that something bigger, better, cuter, more fashionable… will come along at the same bargain price or better soon enough? Experience tells me that there is every chance. So there is no need for people to be purchasing items for the future, a future that could be very different than one imagines. This is especially so for items that aren’t even necessary in the first place.
If you can’t bring yourself to get rid of the stuff you have acquired for some day, at least have the fortitude to resist acquiring any more of these items from this day forward. Live for the present because someday is never guaranteed.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter a few books that you set aside years ago to read someday but you still haven’t got around to it.
Eco Tip for the Day
Follow the creed of The Non-Consumer Advocate ~ Use it up, where it out, make it do or do without.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow