Removing things we neither need nor want is, to all intents and purposes, shutting the door after the first horse has bolted. The first step is to stop those things getting in the house in the first place. The first R in Bea Johnson’s mantra is Refuse.
What can I refuse to let into my home?
- Junk Mail
- Bags (plastic/paper etc)
- Disposable items
- Plastic bottles
- Yoghurt pots
- Knick Knacks
- Unwanted gifts
- Impulse purchases
- Guilt purchases
That’s not your usual list. I’ve highlighted a few that you might not have expected to see. How can we get by without food for example? But I didn’t say no food, I mean food we don’t need. Look at just one shelf in your cupboard and take everything out. Put back ONLY the things that you know you need. Do you need
- The bag of cookies 5 for £1 at the co-op checkout.
- The super hot chilli sauce you bought at a food fair and is still unopened.
- The various jars of sauces and marinades.
- The sushi kit you bought after a great meal out
In our case we have all of the above and the answer is no. I make better cookies, sauces and marinades hence the jars gathering dust and the stale cookies. I love sushi but I prefer somebody else to make it.
This is about rethinking how we live and what we need and want to live that life. Today and tomorrow I am tackling the kitchen. This is the penultimate big room before I move into the outbuildings. It is the one I am most scared of doing. I love to cook, preparing food for family and friends is part of how I show my love and how I nurture and care. I need to rethink how I can do that without all the unnecessary extras.