It can be painful to let go of things that you paid good money for, that still have some use left in them, or that you might need in the future. You just never know! But are those things worth keeping around just in case?
I received an email from a reader named Brittney who asked a very thought-provoking question about not being wasteful, but still finding the balance to simplify. Read on…
I think this topic is so significant. Brittney kindly allowed me to open it up for discussion, and I am eager to hear what you have to say.
Here are my thoughts:
- I tend to question things when I purchase them. Is this something I really want or need? Am I being a good steward in buying this? Once I no longer need something, I feel like it has served its purpose and can be freely given away. Of all the things I’ve ever given away or donated over the years, I’ve only wanted two things back, and they weren’t costly to replace.
- It is good stewardship for someone to be using it, even if that person isn’t you. You can bless someone in need with your excess. Many things do not store or age well, so it’s better for someone to use them before they become unusable in storage.
- Without a vast amount of time and motive, you can only repurpose a few things. I saved two pairs of pants from the last twenty items of clothing Doug gave away, with plans to make something from them. Realistically I won’t have time to do more than that, so there is no reason for me to keep and store the rest. I’m sure there will be more clothes in the future.
Ultimately for me, I think simplifying has made me a better steward. Since I’ve been trying to narrow my possessions down to what I truly want or need, I can better use what I have, and I don’t buy as many new things.