Do you ever find yourself with far too much of something? So much so you want to get rid of certain items, except they’re all ‘still good’?. This is a situation I find myself in from time to time. The mental difficulty of getting rid of perfectly good stuff.
An excellent example of this problem would be my sock drawer. I have an abundance of socks, far too many pairs. I don’t wear socks that often, however they are all still good. I currently don’t have any that have or are losing their elasticity or any with holes. Even if I did have any with holes I’d probably be tempted to sew them up!
I often find it difficult to get rid of surplus items such as this because there’s nothing wrong with them and eventually I will need them. I often wonder how I’ve come to end up with so many, one of the main reasons is probably buying them whilst overseas either because I need a clean pair or because I’ve found some that are just plain cute.
My ‘sock concept’ is starting to creep into other areas of my life such as my t-shirt drawer and stationary (I have far too many working pens, no one needs this many pens in their life believe me). I find it easy to get rid of things I don’t use any more or things that are broken or worn out. But items that I use but have a surplus of I find far more difficult. My frugal mind tells me to hold onto it so I don’t have buy more down the track and save the money. My minimalist mind tells me to dump the excess and free my space. This is an inner debate that I have regularly and sometimes I reach a conclusion more easily than others. My sock drawer for instance, I still cannot bear to minimalise. Mostly because this is an item that I can’t donate, meaning any extras would have to go in the bin which I deem to be wasteful. At least with my surplus, unused stationary I can donate these to my local charity.
Do you have difficulty giving preference one way or the other? Frugality? or Minimalism? How do you decide?