Goodwill guilt

I have so much guilt.

Things I no longer use.

Over donating clothes, shoes and bags to the Goodwill. I want to go, drop my bags and run, so no one shames me about buying things I don’t need. Does anyone else dread Goodwill dropoffs, or is it just me?

I cleaned out my closet last week because I’d run out of hangars and my weird closet design makes it difficult to see what’s in there. But those bags by the door represent wastefulness. Sure, I used those things. Some of it just isn’t working for me because my personality has shifted. But I strive to be the kind of person who doesn’t overconsume. I want a full life, not a home full of crap.

There’s a feng shui principle that says, “clear your clutter and the wealth will come.” I like to remind myself of that. Not that I need riches, but I’d gladly take a full, wealthy life (and not necessarily financial wealth). I live in a studio apartment in Manhattan where space is at a premium, so everything I purchase is carefully considered. I don’t have a kitchen filled with gizmos and gadgets. I have one pan, two pots, two coffee mugs, etc. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough.

Someone installed the bars the wrong way.
Someone installed the bars the wrong way.

I recently spied some great board shorts in a magazine that I thought would be perfect for my paddleboarding adventures. They can get wet, but unlike a swimsuit, they won’t shift around. My bottom will stay covered. I could also wear them to soccer and maybe even boot camp, but $55 seemed like a lot. I asked Quyn’s opinion. She said they were a value if I wore them 55 times. I bought them a week ago. I’ve already worn them three times. Bonus: Since they dry fast, I can rinse them in the sink rather than waiting for my next laundromat day.

So new goal: Buy only things that will be used for a wealth of life experiences that I use until they’re worn out.

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

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