I have been executing
evil cunning plan recently, with me in the guise of a benefactor, ultimately for my own benefit. Wah ha ha ha! As you all know, my children have both moved out of home this year. When I say both moved out of home I include my daughter, that although for a short stint in the Summer, had actually been living away for five years. She has her own home now and took all her stuff that had been stored here. Moving out isn’t moving out until you take your stuff in my opinion.
My son moved into an established home so didn’t need much. However he has taken his bedroom furniture, a bookcase and a couple of other little bits and pieces along with all his personal effects. My daughter however moved into a four bedroom house and had near to nothing to take along with her. Luckily some of the stuff that was left behind were home making items, but just the basics. I had also put aside a few things for her that I would otherwise have decluttered. She has also now taken her bedroom furniture, a small dining table and an office chair.
Now back to my cunning plan. Both kids drop in on a regular basis and more often than not I have something here to offer them in the way of things I no longer need. Being that I am nearing the end of my decluttering mission, these are things that I have felt worthy enough to hold on to for this long. The cunning part of my plan is that I am palming them off to the kids with the thought that, should I need them in the future, I can always borrow them back.
I have to say this makes it easier to let go of things that I might otherwise keep. I get the joy of helping them out with something useful, that they might otherwise feel the need to purchase, while the item remains accessible to me. I’m sure they are on to me, but that is OK.
The moral of this story is~ If you have something that you would rather see gone, but just as much prefer to keep, explore the idea of offering it to someone near to you from whom you can borrow it back. Perhaps someone who has borrowed it from you before or admired it in the past. Giving doesn’t always have to be selfless.
Today’s Mini Mission
Absorb ~ Read a book that has been sitting on your shelf for a while and then declutter it.
Eco Tip for the Day
Borrowing books from the library or reading them on a digital device saves on paper and print. This also is a good clutter avoidance oportunity.
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