Words made famous by none other than our green friend, Kermit the Frog. Seriously, I have contemplated global warming, recycling, reduction and all the other myriad ways to "green" my life. Some days are better than others. Lately I have been overwhelmed by "stuff" My husband just shakes his head as I add more to the pile in the garage to be donated to Good Will.
It is a time consuming and emotional process. I crave simplicity. Life is complicated by so many other factors. That said, I look at all my gadgets and gizmos and wonder if the technology has made my life more or less than simple! I think sometimes we hold onto things because our aging memories can't be trusted to remember people, places and things. Label your photos people...there are people in some of my childhood pictures that I have no idea who they are or how they were important to me. I have purged my home/office so many times...the office and the garage seem to be the repository for all things that no longer have a home somewhere else. It is hard to let go of all the little notes, drawings and particularly books...how many books can one home hold...unless it's Biltmore House with its vast libraries.
As I stand in front of my closet each morning...I am not organized enough to plan outfits for each day or actually I think it is a mood thing...what looks and feels right one minute is so wrong in the next instant...I notice that I only wear a very, very small percentage of what I own. So why in the world do I hold onto all those clothes BECAUSE...dum...dum...dum...I might need them someday (yeah, right) Just this week I wore what I thought was comfortable...only to feel the need to strip around 3:00 in the afternoon...I was meeting my daughter for a movie and all I could think of was I have got to get out of these pants, this bra, this sweater and these shoes. Why would this have anything to do with being "green" ? I have decided to not buy anything just because it is "on sale". My rules are I have to ABSOLUTELY LOVE anything (clothes, shoes, household items) that comes into the house. I asked myself do I really, really need it or just want it. More often than not it is meh...not really! Donate those clothes and items you are not passionate about to someone that needs them or reinvent them so that you do not have to buy more stuff! This post, while a bit extreme, is inspiring.
(recycled maxi dresses from the seventies, love it!)
It is my desire to reduce my carbon footprint...to use less...to simplify. As the old adage says, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without".
p.s. The Daily Green is a great place to look for ideas to green your life.