As I was walking around Goodwill the other day I came across this thing.
It is rough and ugly but I knew I could make it into something so I bought it. It sat on the desk for a few days before I figured out what it would become.
It became this.
It now sits right behind and to the left of my sewing desk. If I need scissors, embroidery stabilizer, or a seam ripper all I have to do is turn around and ta da, there it is.
The first thing I did was clean it with a damp rag. It wasn’t very dirty so I didn’t need a scrub brush. I did need a dowl for the stabilizer. I loaded up the dog in the truck and took her to our favorite hardware store, Home Depot. Home Depot is my favorite hardware store because it has everything. It is the dogs’ because they will let her come in.
Once home I hit the dowl and the wood rack with krylon spray paint. My favorite decor color is blue. I have a whole ocean/peace/tranquility thing going on. After it dried it was just a matter of hanging it on the wall and putting my scissors, seam ripper, and stabilizer on it.
Super easy! Super cheap! Super functional!
Every journey starts with one step in the right direction. Minimalism is a journey. It can start anywhere in your life.
Sit down in your comfy chair with a pad of paper and a pen. Think about your life. What do you like about it? Write those things down. Think about the things that stress you. Write those down. Pick one thing each from the like and dislike lists. Focus on these for a few weeks. How do I increase that thing that makes me happy and decrease what makes me cranky? Work equally on increasing what makes you happy and decreasing what makes you cranky. When the thing that makes you cranky is no longer making you cranky and you are doing more of the thing that makes you happy start again with two more things.
The thing that makes me happy is sewing. I love creating useful things. I love the feel of fabric. I like the sense of peace I get when I sew. But I didn’t get to sew as often as I wanted. I began to set aside time daily to sew. Some days it was 10 minutes. Some days it was hours. I made things for my family that they could use. I sewed things to sell. I sewed for myself. The more I sewed that happier I got. But I also made equal time to work on what made me cranky. If I hadn’t I would just have been avoiding that thing that made me cranky.
Clutter was the thing that made me cranky. I was brought up to believe that if someone gave you something you had to keep it forever. If you inherited something you had to keep their stuff forever. The older I got and the more deaths in the family, the more stuff I accumulated. The more stuff I accumulated the more I hated my home. I hated that I was obligated to keep stuff I didn’t like, wasn’t my style, or just took up room. It has taken me 10 years but I have sold, given away, or donated at least one full U Haul truck of things I didn’t love. I had kept the stuff because I felt obligated. Now I feel free and my home fits my personality. It is also easier to keep clean and is not a fire hazard. The stuff I sold helped pay bills when it was rough. It paid for vacations when it wasn’t rough. I “blessed” other people with the things I donated and gave away. Those people were able to use or love the stuff that stressed me out. Now if I don’t love it, if it doesn’t serve a purpose, and it takes up space, I no longer keep it.
Once you start on this journey life gets so much better. You deserve to be happy.
I love buying used but I hate shopping. Unless it is yard sales and thrift shops. Growing up I wasn’t allowed to go to yard sales or thrift stores. When I asked why my mother said “we are not Those kind of people”. That was her answer to a couple of other questions I also asked. I am not sure what “Those” kind of people are but I have become one.
I craft and sell on Etsy and through this blog. Sewing is tranquil and helps me unwind from being a social worker. Sewing feeds the creative part of my inner soul. It can also get really expensive if buying retail from Hobby Lobby even with the 40% off coupon. I do buy some things from Hobby Lobby. It is the only fabric store in our small town. The majority of my fabrics, threads, ribbons, zippers, and notions come from estate and yard sales. Occasionally I find sewing supplies in the thrift stores also. This brings down the cost of being creative.
By buying at yard sales and thrift stores I provide a service to those who are selling and the the earth by “recycling” not needed stuff that may have gone into the landfill. Other peoples unwanted stuff becomes my useful stuff. I only buy things I will actually use and will use in the near future. When it comes to fabric the near future is the next five years. The majority of my home is furnished and decorated with finds from yard sales and thrift stores. My clothes come mostly from thrift stores. Except for underclothes those are exclusively brand new.
Buying used also helps the community and yourself. You are providing an income to people that need it the most whether it is the person having the yard sale or the thrift store that provides a community service. Buying used is almost always a win-win for all involved.
Share with me in the comments how and what you buy used. I enjoy hearing your ideas.