I read two interesting posts today focused on living a simple life free of unwanted clutter. Get Rich Slowly discusses a free e-book intended to reduce the clutter and complexity of your life, while Lazy Man and Money focuses on reducing clutter by purchasing a smaller home.
I am happy to see more and more bloggers discussing the need to purge homes of unwanted and unused items. Last week I wrote about an easy way to organize your home. Over the last few months I have been cleaning out closet after closet, reorganizing used items and donating everything else. Today I took two boxes of gently used books to our local library. Last week my husband and I took boxes of unwanted kitchen items, including pots, pans, plates, and cutlery to a donation center in North Carolina. It’s amazing how many perfectly good items are sitting in drawers and closets in our homes. I hate the idea of throwing out something that’s perfectly usable but I’m happy to donate to others in need.
As I was cleaning out the basement this evening I began to add up the prices of all of the items to be donated. I was amazed by how many books I owned. The most inexpensive book was $7.50 the most expensive $55. In books alone I had spent well over $350. Prior to tonight I hadn’t added up the costs of the items I donated. I was simply happy to purge them from my home. But as I added the numbers in my head I began to realize just how quickly small purchases can add up. What else could I have done with $350?
Many of the items I have come across in the past few weeks are practically brand new. Many have only been used one or two times including a bread machine, slow cooker, rice cooker, and most of the books in my home. As I cleaned out my closets and bookshelves I made a pact with myself to think more consciously about future purchases. As much as I’m happy to donate to those in need, I hate the idea that I’ve wasted money purchasing items I didn’t need and don’t use.