Day 24 of the “Use What You’ve Got” month and I own this.
I love using the remaining two cups of rice that have been in our pantry for the past 6 months. Also: dry beans, lentils, and cornmeal. Using it up.
I love seeing the back of our freezer, as I pull out more bags from Trader Joes that I bought and promptly forgot about.
I love using things we already have, instead of buying new things. I get a little thrill out of it. I don’t know why, but there it is.
A case example:
The other day I was ready to finally buy a new cd carrying case for the kids’ cds that we have. The Monkey enjoys listening to story or music cds during his daily room time and our collection has expanded enough to overflow the one carrying case I bought about 15 years ago. However, in the spirit of “Use What You’ve Got”, I decided to put a few cds in a box (that we already have, sitting around!) in his closet and just rotate them every once in a while with the ones in his case. Who cares if another cd case is only $6. We don’t need more stuff. I can make do with what we already have. Bonus: rotating cd’s means they become exciting again when they reappear.
And one more:
I went through the baby clothes that we have and pulled out anything that baby girl can wear. A lot of them had yellow stains on them from being in storage for two years. A little hot water, some OxyClean, and line-drying later (the power of the sun cannot be underestimated!)- we have enough onesies now to outfit my daughter and at least seventeen other babies.
These are silly little examples, and- to be clear- there is certainly nothing wrong with buying a new cd case once every 15 years. Hell, even every 5 years if you’re wild like that. And a new outfit for a new baby is just fine, too.
But when I open up my closets downstairs and think “Dear God- so much STUFF,” and feel burdened by it…why add to the quantity? I just hate looking at a closet full of stuff that I don’t use. It feels like such a waste. So this month- I really like focusing on using it up.
Use What You’ve Got.