My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Several days ago, I posted about a pair of shoes I ALMOST purchased from the States. I justified this purchase as the shoes were made from recycled materials, and were on sale. In retrospect, it was a foolish decision, and one that was made on the spur of the moment. In the long run, it does not matter about the cost of said goods...the environmental cost of shipping from that distance is too steep, and after all, what purpose is there is eating local is I am going to negate all good done in that department by ordering shoes that are shipped thousands of miles? Did I really need them? No. It was a "want" and not a "need."

Son #1 in all his wisdom once told me at 13 or 14 years of age.... "Mom, you taught me the difference between what I want and what I need. You get us what we need. What we want, we have to buy ourselves." Wise words from a wise (and wonderful) kid.

The child is now teaching the adult.


  1. I love how well you taught your son and how today he is able to teach you. I too have far to many wants in my closets and drawers...I think it's past time I only focused on my needs and shared the wants......:-) Hugs

  2. It is amazing when you break thing down into true wants and needs how little we actually need.

    I do that with myself all of the time. I try to really watch my self talk far as I need to go to the store...really I could make dow without and am trying to remind myself of that.

  3. True enough!
    And the same goes for the difference between hunger and appetite! ha

  4. Ahhh! Hunger and appetite. Got to work on that one.