The Bare Minimum
One mama's real & occasionally humorous minimalism journey.
I realized it last night. This whole shift to minimalism isn't going to happen overnight. If all that it took was for me to donate some old clothes and clean out some cabinets then I would've mastered minimalism years ago. Ah! That would be so much easier.
No, this is going to take some time, and that's okay. This is going to require a true transformation, and in order to keep my kitchen tidy, I'm going to need to create space in my kitchen cabinets so that I have a place to store the necessities. That means I'm going to have to get. rid. of. stuff. that I'm not using.
I'm pretty sure I've tossed a garage-full of items on several occasions so why are my cabinets still full? This is where the real change has to happen. It's a reminder that I don't "need" the cute new thing I see at Target, or if I do choose to purchase something new, that I NEED to get rid of it's duplicate. (Also, I'm going to need a damn good reason to buy a duplicate of something I already have.)
Here's where my local Buy Nothing Facebook group comes into play. Have y'all heard about this movement? The Buy Nothing Project was created in 2013 and has since become an international social movement. (If you've never heard of it, I encourage you to follow the link above and read more about it. )
I'm a little late to the game so I joined in a local chapter over the summer. I'm able to simply post items that I'd like to pass along to my neighbors, and since I've joined, I've given away over two dozen items ranging from clothes and accessories to baby items and kitchen stuff. What could easily end up as trash has become someone else's treasure.
Just yesterday, I cleared out over a dozen glasses that we've had for over a decade and rarely (or if ever) used.
The process is relatively simple. I look for items that we no longer use or need. (It's not difficult. Junk is everywhere.) Once posted on my group page, I package the items so they're ready to give away. Neighbors respond if interested and then pop by and pick up their new treasures right off of my porch.
As simple as all of this sounds, it is truly a beautiful project. I've been able to give things to folks who need them and who are going to use them right away! This group promotes community and kindness. Another added benefit is that there is no giant pile of items waiting to be donated. Often, the items I give away are picked up the very same day. I'm able to quickly get. this. stuff. out. of. my. house.
I've also benefitted from this group by being gifted toys for my daughter, and when she's grown out of these toys, I'll be able to pass them along to someone else. (I'll discuss more about our toy accumulation in the coming weeks.)
The Buy Nothing project promotes such kindness & giving. It also promotes less consumerism and less waste! I encourage you to check it out! You never know what you might have lying around that could be a wonderful Christmas blessing to your neighbor!