“I’m cheap,” said my friend as she pulled the empty bottle of shampoo out of the trash. “I can get another two shampoos out of this.”
“No you’re not,” I replied. “You’re ecologically minded. You’re green!” I added.
She smiled, unbelievingly.
Raised by Depression-era parents, she also saved everything. You never know when you’ll need it.
From time to time, I also have a tug-of-war when letting go.
Do I save something to use in another way or do I let it go to keep clutter at bay?
For years, I’ve saved a little jar of night cream. I let go of a smaller travel-sized version with no regrets, but I’ve held onto this larger-sized one. What if I might like to use it for something else? Unlike my friend, I do try to be ecologically minded.
The tug-of-war begins when I consider The Station Fire of 2009.
Would this be one of the items I’d take with me when we evacuate?
In a similar vein, Magic Question 1 is: Will I take time to acquire this item again if I lost it in a disaster?
As I write this, I’m struggling to reach the rest of the lotion from the bottom of a large-sized pump bottle. I could let the remaining lotion pour into this little jar! Oh, but I need to clean it, first.
This begs the question: When is enough ENOUGH?
Do the resources spent—water, soap, and my time—outweigh any benefit to saving it?
My friend gave me an idea, which I shared with my husband. Today, we add we add a little water to a near-empty bottle of shampoo and manage a few extra uses. That’s not being cheap, that’s being GREEN!
I tossed the jar of night cream.
Instead, I’ll simply tilt the bottle with a piece of foil covering the top until I use the last of the lotion.
It may seem incidental to focus on one little jar of cream, but as you know if you finished reading STUFFology 101, mass attracts mass. Even one sheet of paper can soon grow into an overwhelming pile.
So, I ask you: What’s the “little jar” you need to let go in your life?
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