Shop Your Shelves

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Most people are packing away their holiday items until next year.  Please don’t be offended by my use of the word holiday instead of Christmas.  It’s just that I believe in including all people and all customs in my holiday wishes.  If your house is like mine, you probably have an abundance of food, decorations and goodies left over.  My suggestion is not an original one, but I think it is timely.  Go through your shelves and pantry and determine what items you are truly going to use in the near future.  As I go through my house I ask myself, “Do I really need this?”, and “Could someone else use this?”  If the answer to the first question is no, and the second one is yes, then my choice is made for me.  I try to share by a certain hierarchy of needs; first items go to shelters and food banks, then they go to charities.     Plus, another added benefit of shopping your shelves is that it will probably free up cash to pay off holiday bills and to donate to your favorite charity.  A local church has a box for people to deposit food to help people make ends meet until they are able to purchase food.

On another note, my niece informed me that she was going to buy her clothes from consignment shops and thrift shops from now on.  Shopping for new “fast fashion” puts a big strain on the environment.  It takes 2,000 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans, and it takes 713 gallons of water to make one T-shirt.  And this doesn’t take into consideration the water used to wash them.  My problem is sheer laziness.  I don’t like to go shopping, so I shop online.  But, for me, there is no time like the present to make a change.

So, this will be my resolution for 2020.  I don’t know if I will keep at it, but like I have read, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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Cindy

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”                                                                           Socrates

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