Minimalists and millennials killed so may things over the past decade or so. I figured it was time to write a list of things that I refused to buy and likely contributed to their ultimate demise. Yet I’m fairly certain that these things are still available for purchase.
- Napkins. More specifically paper napkins. We need a napkin to pick up a drop of this or that. I purchased a set of 20 cloth napkins that are conveniently stored inside a loaf pan on the counter near the silverware draw. We drop the cloth napkins into the laundry basket whenever they get dirty.
- Paper towels. In late 2019 I picked up an 8 mega roll pack of paper towels from Target. When supplies got hard to find in early 2020 I made the executive decision that we would only use paper towels to clean up meat juices in the refrigerator and replaced the paper towels with cloth “paper” towels. They are a little larger than a wash cloth but smaller than a hand towel, easy to wash and fold, and get stored in the same loaf pan as the napkins for convenience. As of writing this article we have only used 2.5 rolls of my original 8 from the end of 2019.
- Single purpose cleaning products. With a bottle of rubbing alcohol, vinegar, dish soap, water, and some essential oils, I have been able to make poo-spray, floor cleaner, and an all-purpose spray cleaner. Here is a link to my Instagram post with all of those recipes.
- Sale items. Let me be clear. If something is on my grocery list and it’s on sale, I do pick it up. I no longer pick up items from the store just because they are on sale. Too many of the “just because they were on sale” items got tossed when I complete my own KonMari tidying event back in 2019.
- Special birthday cards. I purchase a set of 20 or so birthday cards that are simple yet appropriate for all of my people to receive. Each card cost about $2 versus the hefty $6 per card at the grocery store.
- Jewelry. I’m not much of a jewelry wearing gal. I love a pair of simple post earrings along with my engagement and wedding bands. The jewelry that I do have beyond what I consider every day jewelry has a special meaning to me that I wear on occasion.
- Bottled water. I am a card carrying proud member of the reusable water bottle team. Both Mr. BMM and I have our own water bottles that we use. If we think we will need more than what our water bottles will hold, we have a 64 ounce reusable insulated water bottle that we take along with us on trips.
- Books. Another proud card carrying local library card holder here. I realized that it was difficult to let go of books when I was faced with the book section of my KonMari tidying event. I made it a point to never buy another book again. Rather I borrow books from one of the two local county library systems or a major city within my state for eBooks. Occasionally I stop by one of the several little free libraries on a family walk.
What is one thing that you refuse to purchase now?