Last week, I donated another box of clothes, towels, and sheets we no longer need since they just take up space and collect dust on the shelves of our closets. I mean, how many sets of sheets and towels does a family need? (We now have two sets per bed and two towels per person. We do a load of laundry every day, which is awesome because it’s so much easier to keep up with laundry this way.) I really recommend watching this video that has changed my family’s life with more ease when it comes to laundry. Her other videos are great too!
Anyway, the intention for this post is more focused on the importance of awareness around the ways we spend money. This message is especially important this time of the year when people tend to spend waaaaaaay too much of it. Most of the things we accumulate aren’t necessary or used enough (or ever) to warrant the stress it takes to attain it. Every year I feel like I’m becoming more aware of the unnecessary commercialistic aspect of the holidays. I don’t want any thing for Christmas this year unless it’s more time to put towards self-care or an activity with my family, which doesn’t have to cost anything except maybe a little bit of gas to get there like sledding, for example.
This whole week I’ve been irritated that when I took a box of books and five of my favorite CDs to a local bookstore to see if I could get some cash before donating the remainder to our local library I was shocked that the lady gave me $8 for the cds and 5 books that cost me a total of around $150… yes, the CDs are old and rarely used anymore thanks to digital music library’s or free platforms like Spotify or pandora but I thought I’d get a little bit more cash for the 10 items they accepted. It really instilled in me that I need to be even more intentional on what I use my money for because what it really comes down to is the money I spend is really time I’ve spent away from my family and from self care.
So what are your thoughts about intentional spending? How about around the holidays? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Ally4health@hotmail.com