I had used up the last of a bottle of shampoo the other day and was about to reach for a brand new bottle, when I took notice all the half-full shampoos that line my bathroom storage. Bottles that weren’t my favorite scent, bottles left by house guests, and all the mystery bottles that somehow snuck into my home.
These multiple items not only waste our money, but clutter our homes.
When I write “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” at the end of my blogs, I really mean it. This catchy little phrase is the decision making that I want my brain to automatically go through before I buy something new or throw something away.
Use it Up:
- Have I used up every last bit of this item? (Lotion, shampoo, catsup, bread crust, etc.)
- Is there someone in my circle who could still get some use out of it? (Hand me downs, magazines, etc.)
- Can this household item be repaired?
- Am I eating my leftovers?
Wear it Out:
- Can I squeeze any more use out of this item? (Stained T-shirts can be worn under sweaters, etc.)
- Clothing and even shoes can be repaired.
Make it Do:
- Can I continue to use something even if it’s not perfect? (clothes, sheets and towels can be mended; missing recipe ingredients can be substituted or even omitted, etc.)
Or Do Without:
- Instead of getting a great bargain on that cute new outfit, stuffed animal or knick-knack, can it simply not get purchased?
Which brings me to:
The Non-Consumer Advocate Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without Challenge.
Don’t start a new shampoo until all the half-empty bottles get used. Lather up with all those small soaps brought home from hotels. Don’t throw away things that can get fixed or mended. Eat your leftovers. Fix what you can, pass along what’s still good and pass up unecessary tempting purchases.
In short, don’t be wasteful. Value your possessions, whether they be a refrigerator full of food or all the clothing and toiletries you could ever possibly use.
Don’t buy anything you already have enough of.
Are you up for a challenge?
Add your name to the comments section below to be in on the game, and we’ll all play together. Tell us about your proudest use it up moments!
Make sure to check out Jonathan Bloom’s wastedfood.com site for lots of great inspiration.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”