I am so excited to share this guest post with you. Rachel, from The Minimalist Mom blogs about living life with fewer “things” so she can enjoy the journey of life with her family. Stop by and check her amazing blog, and feel inspired to live with less.
My family has purged our home of over half of our belongings in the last year. Inspired by the Minimalist movement, we decided to live with a lot less to simplify our lives. We donated, recycled, sold and gave away clothing, electronics, furniture, DVDs, books and baby items. The last big thing we got rid of was our car.
Life is easier with less stuff. It’s easier to clean my home, I have more time because I’m not picking up as much clutter (we have a toddler so there will never not be clutter) and I have a better focus and understanding of what we need and really use. We just kept our best items, the things we use 95% of the time.
Now that we’re in the maintenance phase of this new lifestyle I keep a watchful eye on what comes into our home. Do we need it? How often will we use it? Is it of good quality and will it last? Can it be repaired if it breaks and can we eventually pass it on to another family that will use it?
With this in mind I have had to do a lot of Refusing. Free pin at a sports event, no thank you. Free t-shirt with registration, also no thank you. Commemorative cup to take home? Again, no thank you.
A lot of my Refusing is of items used for marketing. Trinkets and trash is what they call them in the industry. Free pens and booklets and key chains.
I’m just one person but the more people that Refuse to accept these marketing pieces, the less will be produced. Fewer made, fewer in landfills.
Refusing these items is a small thing but it not only helps keep clutter in your home at bay, it also sends the message that these items are not needed. A free pen will not get my business. A great product that will last and can be used often, is what gets my business, my dollars and my support through the best no-waste marketing: word of mouth.