The Year of Living Minimally – Week Thirty-seven

Goodwill bin

This week I gave away more stuff. This time I cleaned out the linen closet. We all have one, right? Towels and sheets and blankets and so many extra pillowcases. All clean, all very usable, all too much for us.

We live in a town that has many lower-income residents. All I have to do is drive from the relative sanctuary of our condo, encircled by woods, with a golf course across the street, and head over to the farther side of town, where there are triple-decker tenements, boarded-up businesses, poverty. Many people in this town struggle to get by, as I know there are people like that in virtually every town across America.

When I see the need that is so apparent, I want to hurry back home and gather up more. The dinnerware, the linens, clothes and shoes and winter coats, all excess in my eyes but gratefully accepted for those who don’t have room for ‘extras.’

At this point in my year-long journey toward minimalism, I spend each week thinking about what I don’t need anymore – can someone else use it? Then donate it. Can it be recycled? Into the bin. Must it be trashed or can it be repurposed somewhere else? And I’m finding I need less and less to be happy.

6 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Thirty-seven

  1. Oh my goodness, I just found you when you stopped by my page on A to Z. I have so much catching up to do! I can’t quite say that I’m trying to live life minimally, but I am trying to live with less. I turn around and there’s so much STUFF. I’ve been trying to take a box or two to the thrift store very few weeks. I love our local thrift store. It’s run by a church and the proceeds go to help a women’s shelter, so I get rid of things I don’t need and feel like it’s helping a good cause. I’ll be following you now so I can keep up with your posts.

    1. But Trisha, that’s a start! I try to do a little every week , too (this blog keeps me accountable!). The “Year of Living Minimally” ends in July, but I see this as an ongoing project. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. I feel this way too. I donate my clothes and my son’s clothes to a charity that gives them away to women and children in need. I found out they needed kitchenware, so was excited to get rid of my extras and unnecessary items and give them away. It’s interesting to see how little you really need in daily life, compared to how much you/people usually have. I am happier with less also, but… I also like getting rid of stuff. I don’t know what I’ll do once I’m down to my necessities! I guess just give away more of my time via volunteering – another passion of mine.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s