December 2, 2013

Making room for more

On my way to work this morning I had the radio on, and although I wasn’t really listening to the commercial that was airing, a phrase from it caught my attention. The phrase was “make room for more.”

It occurs to me that this is the time of year when we do just that.

We purge the toy box of the outgrown toys in order to “make room for more.” We sort through the closets, removing items that we no longer use, no longer like, or no longer fit into, to “make room for more.” Even our refrigerator gets a going-over in preparation for the addition of more food, special ingredients, or larger quantities for feeding family and guests special holiday meals.

I’m not suggesting that there is anything wrong with the “make room for more” activities we go through. We all have a tendency to keep things we haven’t used in a while (and probably never will) because you never know when you’ll need it, right? 

In my case, even if I need it, it’s unlikely I’d ever find it. So if I come across it by accident while “making room for more,” shouldn’t I just get rid of it? Yup!

Which brings me to the point of this article: the four R’s — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose.

The responsible thing, the kind thing, the considerate thing, is to give items you don’t need any more to someone who can put them to good use. There are plenty of organizations who will see to it that good homes are found for the items you are ready to pass along.

Another option is to look at these items and try to see them in a new light. Repurposing means finding a new use for something you already have. 

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