An idea for the shoppers among us
Lots of us have said that we love to shop and buy things, and that the clutter comes from indulging too much in that pleasure.
So this afternoon I had a thought...
What if, instead of shopping for things we don't need, and then having to spend time organizing them, and eventually getting rid of half of them, and feeling a little ashamed of the waste and indulgence....what if we went shopping once a week, with our own money, for a local battered women's shelter, or the food bank, or a homeless shelter, or Habitat, or a church group that repairs houses for low-income elderly people?
What if we thought about what we spend in a given month on things we really don't need, and then we saved half, and spent the other half on new things for people who really need them? Doesn't that seem more efficient somehow? We get the pleasure of shopping, and people get stuff they want and need, and we cut out the middle phase of figuring out what to do with it all in the meanwhile???