After my recent move, changing provinces, I really started thinking “Do I really need all these stuff?” I mean twenty t-shirts to wear when taking my girl to school, or a dozen coffee mugs or an extra pair of tennis shoes?
I couldn’t take it anymore and got rid of the extra towels, the extra scissors, the extra everything! Not because I didn’t want them, just because I don’t need multiples of certain things. And when multiplicating my extra things with my family’s extra things…well stuff seemed to accumulate in an almost uncontrollable way.
Here are some tips that might help you not only before your move, but as a way of life.
Cups & Glasses: Tequila, cognac, champagne glasses were donated too. If I only drink water and wine, why bother keeping all those glasses safe in the cupboard? And cups, well, with those I had to struggle because I have a thing with decorated cups.
Tupperware: I got rid of the yellowed ones, the ones with no lid and those who just are either too big or too small for us to use.
Scented candles: If I buy one or someone gets me one as a gift, I use them right away. Why leave them just collecting dust?
Vases: Keep the small one and the large one, you don’t need more than that, do you?
Towels: I had towels old enough to serve as cleaning rags, so I cleaned my old home and cleaned my new home in a very fancy way with embroidered old towels.
Sheets: I kept two sets of sheets for each bed the other ones were donated.
Grooming Products: Have you ever bought a lotion and you didn’t like the smell, ot a hair product that didn’t really served your hair? All gone.
Hotel size items: Always tempted to get samples or take home the hotel cute shampoo bottles? Not anymore. Avoid bringing these souvenirs from your trips.
Makeup: The L’oreal Factory Sale doesn’t help my budget or my living-with-less purposes I got to say. If you ever go to these sales, do not buy the green mascara or the pink hair mousse.
Hangers: Donated some, gave a friend some others and packed the other directly in a cardboard closet where I transported all our clothing.
Books: I gave back whatever books I had from other people, I donated the ones I already read, and gave the children’s books to a friend who still has toddlers. I didn’t have the time to do a swap, but you can do so. There are even clubs on the internet where you share and send books in exchange for another.
But the way, if you are a vigorous reader, you might want to consider e-books, but if you cannot ready from a screen –like myself- stick to the library availabilities.
Office supplies: It happened that a friend moved out and left me her office supplies, my husband found an office supplies sale, I worked in a place where I had great discounts on art and office supplies. Result: Lots of supplies that we will someday and couldn’t get rid of them, but I found great ways to organize them.
Got the idea? Maybe you don’t save that many things, or maybe you wouldn’t like to get rid of that so many things, but I hope you might consider not buying that so many things and keep consumption in the lowest level of your needs pyramid.