I read a blog post this morning from Joshua Becker, becoming minimalist, about shopping. He suggested that most of us have more than enough in our homes already. Joshua asks the reader to ask themselves ‘what if I don’t?’.
What will happen if you don’t buy another pair of jeans? Think about how many you already have. How many pairs of jeans are enough? That is another question for another day.
Today my question is: Do I already have it? Sometimes we overlook things that we already have that can be repurposed to fill a different need.
I was watching the Today Show yesterday morning and a guest gardening expert on the show was talking about spring gardening. As many of you probably know, I’m a gardener. I just love digging in the dirt and creating beautiful gardens so this segment captured my undivided attention. This gardening expert was talking about starting new plants by seed – to save money. Great idea! An even better idea was to take a clear plastic egg container to use as a mini-planter. The small spaces to contain eggs are a perfect size to start each new seed. The lid captures the moisture to keep the little plants watered – it acts as a terrarium. And since it’s clear plastic it will be easy to see the little plants sprout. A new use for something you probably already have. No need to buy small pots in which to start your seeds.
When I had a tree cut down earlier this year I asked the men to save 3 sections of the tree for me. These sections of the tree are now placed strategically on my patio. I’m using one as a table and the other two can be places to sit or as plant stands. A new use for something that I had.
Many times before I go to work with a client they will ask me what should I buy? My response is always, please wait until we work together. I’m not sure yet what you’ll need and we may be able to use something you already have!
If you’re doing some spring cleaning please take a moment to think about these points before you go out to buy organizing supplies.
- Take everything out of the cupboard, drawer, closet – whatever space you’re organizing
- Sort the items
- Remove anything to recycle, donate, or toss
- Remove anything that you’re keeping but that doesn’t belong in that space
- Now, evaluate the remaining items
- Do you need some organizing supplies?
- Look around your house
- See if you have anything that would work
- If you do, great!
- If you do not, then make a note of the size container(s) you’ll need and the number before you go shopping.
Feel free to email me any questions you may have regarding an area that you want to organize. I’m happy to offer a few suggestions.
Ask yourself these two questions you begin your projects and you’re thinking of shopping:
- What if I don’t? (from Joshua Becker)
- Do I already have it? (from Diane Quintana)