Sometimes a small change can feel good. As we are going through every nook and cranny of our home to get our possessions down to the very few, I thought to take a large wooden book case that was upstairs holding books and bring it down to the somewhat sparse kitchen.
Over the weekend, I painted it and then was able to put our plates and bowls on its shelves to make more room in our small pantry. I also filled it with garlic, onions, and some pretty things that make me smile, pretty - but useful. A welcome, warm change.
We never buy anything new - at least very, very seldom. So I am often thinking about ways I can rearrange what we have or how we can utilize what we have to make improvements.
It is easy to say that we seldom buy new and instead buy second-hand or wait until we are given the cast-offs from friends, neighbors and family because of our value of caring for the earth. You know - re-use, recycle, repair, etc... Yes, this is so very important to me and it is the basis of many of my decisions.
Sometimes, though, I wonder how much harder that would be if the fruits of our labors gave us rich earnings. I think the value would remain but I think it would be more challenging at times. Sometimes I think it is just easier to not have money. It offers less options in some ways and more in others - opportunities for creativity, for example.