I have been reading Life Less Throw Away, and it has been an amazing read so far. I have read a few books that are similar to this, Life Changing Magic of Tidying up the most popular of all. While I appreciate Marie Kondo’s organization skills and her theory of if it doesn’t spark joy, then let it go….some of the stuff in her book is ridiculous to me and a bit woo woo. Sorry, I don’t have time to unload everything in my purse every night just to put it back in the next morning. I have a full time job, a house, a toddler, and a life damnit!
But I am getting away from myself. I plan to do an in depth review on my thoughts of this book for the next Show Us Your Books Link Up. But I do want to say, don’t get the wrong impression…this isn’t just a book about getting rid of things or minimalism. It is a book about how our culture is a throw away culture. How we are constantly wanting the newest things, and are accepting the fact that companies are purposefully making products that are inferior to what they used to be (hello washing machines, I am looking at you) just so you have to replace them sooner. It is bad for our wallet, and more importantly, our environment and future.
In the book she mentions a post she wrote a long time ago called “Things I Don’t Need.” I thought it was a great idea to write down the stuff you don’t need and reflect back when temptation arises. Here are a few of the things I certainly don’t need.
I don’t need DVDs or blue rays.
I do not need freebies from friends and family that doesn’t fit in my life / style.
I don’t need an excessive amount of drink-ware.
I don’t need multiple pairs of colored flip flops. Or more than a few pairs in general.
I don’t need multiple notebooks at one time. (One is enough!!)
I don’t need lots of fancy pens.
I don’t need more than a few lip glosses. (Or to feel the need to buy colors that are out of my norm. Just because everyone else loves a red lip, doesn’t mean that I don’t feel like a three year old playing with my mommy’s makeup when I wear it.)
I don’t need more than a few bottles of nail polish.
I don’t need more than a nude bra, black bra and strapless bra.
I don’t need uncomfortable shoes.
I don’t need kitchen appliances that only serve one purpose (besides my coffee maker and my waffle maker.)
I don’t need home decor or chachkes that have no meaning to me, doesn’t fit my style or spark some kind of joy when I see it.
I don’t need trendy fashion pieces that I wont wear more than one season.
I don’t need to hold on to books that I will not read more than one time.
What are some things that you simply don’t need?