A Man's Treasure
In honor of earth day, I just can’t help but wonder what lessons are we meant to learn from this pandemic and the changes we’ve been forced to face. I think the one thing that is obvious is the need to hit the “pause” button. We’ve become such a society of instant gratification and at times it seems like the wants are endless. I’ve always loved nature and often the hymn “How Great Thou Art” comes to mind as I spend time in God’s masterpiece. But you know, as I walk my neighborhood, along with the beauty of nature, I am also struck by the overabundance of stuff. I see where people park their cars in the street or driveway because there is no room in the garage due to all the things being stored. I see trash containers overflowing. I see all the debris left behind from the ongoing construction of new homes. And I have to say, it makes me sad. I ask myself, “what are we doing to our world?”
Since I help others better organize their homes and also give a home refresh, at times these two things can seem to be a juxtaposition. But it doesn’t have to be. We can give our home an update by using items we already have. Or instead of buying new, maybe repurpose an item from an auction, thrift store, or tag sale. This week as I was searching for an item on The Container Store site, I saw my wine rack that I purchased at Goodwill for $1. In like new condition. My first inclination when I moved into my home was to think, well, I’m going to have to rehab a space or cabinet to have a wine rack built in. But then I stopped and thought to myself, how silly. I don’t keep a big wine collection. Why rip out something that is brand new? So, I made do. And I think it works. It’s a win/win. I save money and I recycled an item from someone else.
So the next time you are tempted to make a new purchase, take the time to stop and pause. Ask yourself, Do I really need this? Do I have space for this? Can I repurpose something I have on hand? Then, if you feel you must make the purchase, remember the old adage. Something in, something out. Meaning, don’t discard the item, see if you can donate or sell it for someone else’s use. Like the old adage, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.