How many of you know the 3 word definition of “Go Green”? For those of you who don’t, they are, “reduce, reuse and recycle.” I am NOT a go green, save the planet, earthy type of person … but at the same time, like with any thing (good or bad), there are some good points to consider.
I am not a huge recycling person … we do save our cans and recycle them, and we save our egg cartons and give them to neighbors, who kindly fill them with eggs 🙂
Reusing?! I think that is what we do when we shop at thrift stores 🙂 But for your info … I think it is very inconsiderate for people to give their old raggy clothes to thrift stores! If something is old and has holes or is stained … just throw it away! It saves people a lot of time! When I go to thrift stores, I like to find used, LIKE NEW clothes … sometimes they even have the store tags still on them!
But the most important of the 3 “R’s” that I want to talk about is … reducing! No, I am not a minimalist … I like to live comfortably, but my family can also tell you that I don’t keep a lot of extra stuff! Extra things just clutter and cause more work! Several times I have helped my siblings clear out their rooms and I will ask them, piece by piece, “Is there sentimental attachment to this —? When is the last time you used it? When are you planning on using it?”
Each item may require a different time frame … but most likely if you haven’t used something for months or years, you’re probably not going to need it for a long time. If it is not an expensive item, go ahead and get rid of it! If you need it in two years, or whatever the number is, you can probably get another! Now, I do have to clarify … there are most definitely exceptions to this “rule”! There are some things that are very useful but you don’t use every day, week or month!
We Americans are very spoiled. It is the truth. We (for the most part) love the easy, comfortable life with lots of things to keep us entertained! Awhile back a friend posted a statistics quote on her blog and while I don’t know that it is completely accurate … there is a lot of truth for us to chew on!
And please replace the word “luckier” with “blessed”! I do not believe in luck … we serve a big God and His love reaches to the Heavens.
Reducing and downsizing looks different for each person but as we prayerfully consider what He would have us to do, let’s remember Matthew 6:19-21, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
By the way, do you want to know what made me talk about the “go green” topic? Ruthie’s outfit 🙂 Haha! Every time I saw her … that’s all I could think of! 🙂
So, without any further ado!
Ruthie got this green blouse from the thrift store for $2. She has had the undershirt for a long time.
She made this skirt from leftover scraps of fabric years ago. She’s very thrifty with fabric and does a lot of sewing – you can visit her site Virginia Ann Sewing.
Her green headcovering came from Israel. You can find similar ones here.