Apr 10 2011

trash or treasure? [day 319]

There’s a lot of stuff that might be considered trash, but before you throw something away, think about the possible uses for it.  These are partially full cleaning supplies and pesticides, well, there’s also a random bottle of unopened champagne too.  Just because it’s half empty (or half full, depending on your perspective) and you don’t want it, dosen’t mean someone else can’t use it.  I list this on freecycle and it was gone in a matter of hours.  Yes, it’s my waste, but it doesn’t need to end up in a landfill or disposal center.

Before you throw things away, here’s some things to think about.

  • Repurpose. Could I repurpose this for something else?
  • Sell. Is this something that I could sell?
  • Give. Is this something I could give away?  Do I know anyone who might use this or need this?  Will a thrift store take it?  Remember, your trash might be some else’s treasure.  Put it on freecycle.  If it doesn’t go on freecycle, it might just be trash.
  • Green. What is the best environmental way to get rid of this item?  Can it be recycled?
  • Good. Is there a way to use this to bless someone else?  Can you give it to a fundraiser or charity?
  • Plan. Why did you buy this in the first place?  Have you made a plan not to buy it, or anything similar again?
  • Repurchase. If you need this item or something similar in the future, is there a smaller size or is it something you can borrow?

Yes, this is a lot to think about each time you plan to get rid of something, but if you start doing this, it will change your habits.  It will be easier to get rid of things because you will have a process and your shopping habits will change, as you will think long-term about something before you buy it.  It’s a win-win.  :)


Apr 6 2011

pan grips [minimalist challenge item #48]

[item] 2 leather Calphalon pan grips

[purchase info] Purchased new from a department store

[time in my possession] Approximately 12 years

[last used] 3 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[info] I bought these with my old pans years ago, but I don’t use them anymore.  I just use my regular hot pads.  These are kitchen fluff and not necessary.


Mar 14 2011

iphone flip case [minimalist challenge item #25]

[item] Faux leather iPhone flip case

[purchase info] Purchased new for about $4.00

[time in my possession] Approximately 3.5 years

[last used] About 2 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[info] I had bought 2 cases online.  These look nice but they’re not too functional.


Mar 4 2011

scarves and belts [minimalist challenge item #15]

[item] Lot of belts and scarves

[purchase info] Some free, some from thrift stores, ballpark amount paid is $9.00

[time in my possession] 1 year up to 10 years

[last used] Over a year ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Thrift store

[info] Some of these came with pants, some were given to me and some I bought used.  I don’t wear belts often because they hurt my back.  Metal rods and tight belts don’t go together.  The scarves, I just had too many.  I kept my favorites and the rest are gone.