Monday, January 17, 2011

Just Say No

Step one in the great Living With Less project is to be more deliberate in bringing items into the house. Reasonably easy to do while shopping, but what about the "free" stuff handed to you at various events? This weekend, David and I attended an RV show. The first 100 people through the door were gifted with free RV toilet paper. While in line, we decided we didn't really need nor want RV toilet paper to use in our imaginary RV, so I said no thank you to the t.p. man. He kind of looked at me funny, but we went on. One of the RV salesmen offered me a yard stick. Again, no thank you. "But it's autographed!" he protested while he still held out the yard stick to me. Smile, repeat no thank you! While we walked through the junk being peddled between the RV and boat section, a woman stuck out her hand with a small packet. "Would you like a sample of Scentsy!" It wasn't a question so much as an assumption. "No thank you!" She looked a little taken aback, as if shocked that I wasn't interested in a sample. Had I not been paying attention, I would have come home with RV toilet paper, a yard stick, and a Scentsy packet. I don't need any of those things, but they would have been mine to dispose of in some way, or to keep around cluttering up the place.

Today three boxes of housewares, a bag of clothes, and four coats made their way to an organization where hopefully they will be used by someone who needs them more than I do. One of my favorite declutter/minimalist type blogs is Every week, she gives suggestions for mini-tasks like cleaning out your glovebox or pen drawer. Right up my alley!


MOM said...

More inspiration!! Thanks!!!

Hope those catalogs I dumped on you are on their way out the door soon!!

Love ya!

Erin said...

I enjoyed looking at them yesterday and they're in the recycle bin now. :)

Keetha said...

I love these kinds of projects! You go!

By the autrographed yard stick? Autographed?? I've never heard of such.

I applaud your willpower. I could have turned down the RV toilet paper for an imaginary RV and the Scentsy, but the yardstick (autographed!) I would have had to come home with.

beth said...

In theory, I like those lists and projects. In reality, I just like to read about them!

Erin said...

I'm not even sure who autographed the yardstick. The salesman maybe? Very odd!

David said...


Perhaps this is not the best forum or place to announce the “imaginary” RV is not so – um -

Stay tuned for the uncluttering of the “Wedded Bliss” Travel Trailer.

Colleen (365lessthings) said...

Hi Erin,
I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the link love. I am glad you are finding my blog helpful and I am so impressed that you resisted all those freebies. Good for you!