It is that time of year again when I have the urge to be more with less. Spring clean. Clear clutter.
Starting with August, the next year or so is going to be very hectic, what with a series of exams for Vidur and lots of short travel stints for Sury.
And me? Well, I’ll be busy too, hanging out here with you on the blogs and my own writing work. Then, August to January is also festival time, starting with Krishna Janmashtami next week.
I’ve decided to make my life easy by being more with less. I want to create space at home.
As I move on from the smaller giveaways to other things we haven’t used in a while or are unlikely to use, I am thinking of putting some stuff up for sale. My friend suggested some popular online sites that have a more or less global presence and you’ll find that you can even buy and sell in Bangladesh or …or…in Timbuctoo if you wish!. The process also appears pretty easy. My idea is to advertise a list of items and donate the proceeds to the welfare homes I support as they are always looking to build their medical fund.
Why am I musing on this?
My goal: to be more with less
In the middle of all this, I’ll be going slightly crazy trying to keep up with housekeeping. I have to tell you that these days just the mere basics of cooking, cleaning, washing and dusting are tiring.
Where we once happily bought whatever we thought we needed, we now think twice or even thrice before bringing something into the house simply because of the maintenance involved, unless it is a perishable and can be consumed.
Over the last few months, I’ve managed to give away quite a few things. I am now tired of all the freebies that come with practically everything we buy and the alarming number of containers that are piling up. I wish I could settle on the refill packs but they are significantly more expensive than the larger ones and well, in the process, we have container overload.
Do you know it is not so easy to give away stuff? My Grandmother always said that even if you are ready to give, the recipient must be ready to receive. And sometimes, people hesitate to take things for free.
I remember, after I decided to get married, and knew I would be moving to another city, I wanted to give away most of my clothes, books and other things I had collected over time, which couldn’t be accommodated in my new home. I put up a notice at the office in our colony and there were hardly any takers.
What is funny is, my Mom playfully suggested we ought to put a price tag on things. I did. In three days we sold most of the furniture and appliances. Interesting, eh? My Grandmother was right.
So I donated the clothes to all the maids in the area and the trunks of books to our local library and friends.
These days it is harder to give away stuff and so, I plan to advertise online. Many of my friends report a fantastic experience. Let’s see how that goes! I am hoping that by October, I’ll be more with less, nicely in time for Navaratri.
And only dust if I must. There are so many more interesting things to do, right?
Don’t you love this?
♥ Thank you for your presence here today!