The Second and Third of those "R's" conflict with the having a clean house that's free of Junk. It's not just me; this gets a lot of people in trouble. "I better not throw this out, I could reuse it someday," they say. "I will save this, and give it to my neighbor/favorite charity/heir" As a result, They end up with an accumulation of:
- Fabric scraps
- Wires and cables
- Mismatched Tupperware containers/lids
- Promotional t-shirts/caps/buttons/magnets/tote bags/whistles/lanyards/etc.
- Scraps of wood/tile/chicken-wire
- Computers and/or computer parts
- Pre-digital cameras/film/equipment
- Ace Ventura, Pet Detective and Ghost Dad on VHS tape
- "Queen's Greatest Hits" Cassette Tapes
- 1.44 MB Floppy Disks
- 1/4 Full buckets of paint
- And so on, and so on, and so on....
There are, as you might expect, problems with this approach to life. The TV/VCR combo has several features that cannot be used without the original remote control, which Becca's dog used as a chew toy about eight years ago, and the Display screen on our microwave hasn't worked for a couple of years. All that second-hand furniture, while comfy, doesn't even remotely match, and some of it still has the marks from a toddler's artistic experimentation with an ink pen. (That toddler probably has his learner's permit by now.)
Anyway, If you are ready to start saving the world and your wallet by not buying things, I have the perfect thing to not-buy first. The Cork Pops Wine Bottle Opener! Why use a simple Corkscrew, when you can use a High-Tech, State-of-the-Art, Pneumatic Cork-removal Device? Never mind that you have to buy disposable replacement CO2 canisters for it to continue working into the future!
Honestly, Who dreamed this up? I saw one of these gizmos at the Sharp Shopper (though not the brand-name version, of course), and was immediately taken by how redundant and un-useful it was. I mean, doesn't a corkscrew get the job done pretty well? Why would you want one that required "re-loading"? Turns out, it isn't quite as bad as I thought - One CO2 canister is good for 60-80 bottles (according to the website), but still... Not to mention the safety implications. When I imagine forcing pressurized gas into a glass container, the results might not be pretty.
If you would like to pare down the level of junk in your life, you can get a lot of ideas about how to cut the clutter in your home at Unclutterer.com