Tuesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
In our family’s path right now, we are looking at our finances with the thought of being prepared for emergencies, a job loss or large financial outlays. I am discovering that this path is also one that is leading to a bit more simplicity in our home.
I have never been one to do major retail therapy, that is shopping to make myself feel better, but I have become aware of many items I purchase just because one I own is not new. For example, I had a perfectly good hairbrush, but I was considering replacing it, just because I hadn’t had a new one in a few years. Sure, one hairbrush is not going to break the bank, but add up many small-ticket items, and you can easily get a dollar amount worth taking notice of!
As we are becoming more aware of these purchases, we are starting to ask ourselves, “Do We Truly Need It?” If it is a replacement item, is the old one beyond the functioning level? If it is a new item, is it something that will truly add value to our lives?
What this has done is truly curb our spending, and made us more aware of what we do have. With less stuff coming in, less stuff needs to go out, and I am taking care of less new stuff. Reduce and reuse at its simplest.
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