I have a confession to make. There are some areas where I…forget about minimalism? The thought doesn’t even cross my mind. One of these areas is dog treats. Just take a look at this ludicrous array of treats (and there’s doggy ice cream in the freezer, not to mention bully sticks in the pantry):
When I go to the pet food store for Dakota, all common sense deserts me and I buy every possible thing, no thanks to Buy One, Get One Free sales. Thank goodness she doesn’t play with toys, or the house might be teeming with them! It’s not that she doesn’t eat all these treats eventually, but it does seem rather excessive, and is definitely costly. Even worse, she has just been put on a restricted diet, which means that she can’t eat any of these treats! At least for now—I’ll explain in more detail next week. We will probably be giving most of these treats away to friends who have dogs or to rescues who can use them for training.
I’m sure there are other times when I “forget” to be minimalist. When it comes to my own food, for example, I like a lot of variety and trying new recipes with ingredients I won’t use all that often. I have a lot of art supplies, and yet I still have trouble saying no to just about anything in a craft store.
The moral of the story is this: don’t go to the craft store (or the pet food store). Don’t go to any stores!
Just kidding. But when you look around your house, be aware of areas where you might be able to cut back; don’t let yourself be blind to entire sections of your home! Take everything into account, including those things belonging to your pets. Your family’s stuff is a whole different story…
When do you “forget” to be minimalist? Post your confession in the comments!