- Letting go of the unnecessary
- Creating more time
- Enjoying what I have
Thrifting is fun for me. It literally is one of my favorite hobbies. I get a lot of enjoyment from it and yes, it is a form of therapy.
There, I said it. I am being straightforward with no shame! LOL
However, having said that, I also know that I have to be responsible regarding thrifting and treasures. (Sometimes don’t you just hate being an adult and have to be responsible? Me too!)
Thrifting ~ means spending money. Even if it is just a little bit. It is still money. I need to be saving money, making money and not spend money. So, I have to be responsible and evaluate when thrifting.
- Thrifting does make me happy and brings me some fun and joy. I recently have learned how important that is. Of course I have always known that but, to live it makes it really hit home! And just to make this very clear (for anyone who is tempted to say something like, “you can’t find real happiness in material things”), my joy comes from the actual thrifting. Not from owning or keeping things. I know this and that is why I am going to continue, even more stringently, selling, throwing away or donating.
- Recognizing the difference between WANTS and NEEDS.
- WANTS are okay. We are human and we all want certain things. It’s natural. And they can bring us joy. But, they won’t bring us true joy if it hurts our family or home.
- NEEDS are things we have to have for whatever reason. I try to thrift NEEDS as much as possible. That way I have a little extra money for WANTS or other NEEDS. A recent example of this is our business. We need office supplies. But, to me, they don’t have to be expensive retail supplies. A three ring binder is just a three ring binder. I don’t care what it looks like or who makes it. I just need it to be functional. Starting off a new year, I needed more binders for our business. Here they are at Office Max…
Your Price: $ 7.99
(this is for a 3’ binder. Binders seem to start around $2.50 and then just go up from there)
No can do buckaroo! I have to save money on things like this. So, I headed to the thrift stores.
3 of them came with dividers, pockets etc.
Yellow sticker day made each of these .34 cents! Huge savings from buying retail. By saving, it allows me to keep more money in my business account for things that come up that I can’t thrift.
- Letting go of the Unnecessary & Reevaluating ~ Am I ready to pass this treasure along for someone else to enjoy? I try not to get attached to things. I enjoy them for what they are at the moment. I use them, play with them and smile. But, it is no longer necessary for me to keep each of these things. I will always have fun finding other new to me treasures. Is it time to let someone else use them, play with them and smile?
- Creating more time ~ This is a biggie! I am not referring to the time spent thrifting. I am referring to the time spent dealing with my thrifted treasures. Once I have used them and played with them and enjoyed them, where do they go? Do I have a specific spot for them? Am I having to “make” room for them and therefore taking up valuable space that is actually needed for something else? You may be asking how these things equal Creating more time. Let’s talk about that. How much time do you spend trying to create more space for your treasures? Are you having to juggle this and that around in order to store these items? Are you taking up valuable space that could and should be used for something else in your home? Are you paying to store it?
Not only does time equal money, it means you are taking time away from more important things.
So getting Back to Basics (BTB) means all these concepts to me when it comes to thrifting : Reprioritizing, Letting go of the unnecessary, Creating more time, Enjoying what I have, Reevaluating and Simplify.
I am updating the old rule, “For everything you bring into your home, you must get rid of one thing.” I am going to get rid of TWO things for every one thing I keep. It can be something as simple as getting rid of a book or magazine. It will help me stay on top of not “gathering things”.
Am I going to continue to thrift? Of course I am! But, I will keep my “BTB” in mind. So, that is why 2013 will be my letting go of treasures year. It’s time to simplify.
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