Friday, 19 February 2016

My "Use it, Love it" philosophy



All my life, I've been a hoarder of pretty things. My dad half-jokingly calls my mom and I squirrels. I'm always getting beautiful notebooks, special candles and the like - and then saving them for a "special occasion". Only, there never is a special occasion (because when you're depressed, it's pretty easy to see every day as worthless) and I just end up having all these lovely things in storage and then buying extra, cheaper items to actually use. Sound familiar?

So one of the things I decided to focus on for my birthday resolutions last year was to actually use the things I have. Rather than letting them gather dust in preparation for some future special occasion, I was going to use them in my everyday and show them some love. (This also fitted in with my Project Pan exercise that started at the same time.) So, for the last year, and for the future, this is what I have been doing.

I'm using the beautiful notebooks I've bought and that I've gotten as gifts as daily scrapbook-journals. Now they get filled with memories, with photos, with written musings and with love. (PS let me know if you'd be interested in a post or two on scrapbook journalling)

I burn my favourite candles every week. At bath time, shower time, dinner time, bed time - any time is improved by candlelight and pretty scents.

I use my favourite wine glasses, tea cups and the rest. Why use boring mugs while your pretty chinaware sits at the back of the cupboard? Why use the wine-festival freebie glasses when the elegant ones you got as a gift make you feel like a fancy grownup? Yes, sometimes they break. But you know what? Things break when they get used. And things are meant to be used.

The pretty makeup with the too-beautiful-to-touch packaging? That's my everyday eyeshadow or blush. Because now I smile every time I reach for it. (And remember: makeup goes off! You need to use it before it does!) (The same goes for perfume!)

The fancy Lush soap that costs so much more than ordinary soap but smells amazing? Wash your hands with it every day. The pretty bath bombs or fancy bath oils or shower gels? You guessed it.

Wear the good lingerie. Wear the cute pajamas. Wear the shoes that make you feel powerful or the dress that you always get compliments on. And donate or throw out anything in your wardrobe that doesn't fit, is uncomfortable or just doesn't make you feel good when you wear it.


Don't save things for potential future special occasions. We only have one life on this Earth. Make your everyday special.


PS Images are from Death to the Stock Photo

8 comments:

  1. LOVE this post - and I couldn't agree more! I also used to save my pretty candles and notebooks for special occasions, but I've recently tarted using them and it's amazing how good something as simple as burning a scented candle while getting ready for bed makes you feel!

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    1. I love how simple things like this can change your mood!

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  2. Fabulous post! I'm a hoarder as well and I find it very difficult to use my items. This past Christmas was the first time we ate off the special crockery and it felt so good.

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    1. I love using special crockery! This is one thing my mom always does - if people come over, even for pizza or something, we use the fancy china and the crystal wine glasses!

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  3. Yes! I can totally relate with this beinga serial hoarder and buyer of pretty stuff. It really does feel oh so good when we make use of these so called special items...

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  4. Love love love this! 100% agree with you! I also always save things but I've started to use my pretty make up and expensive candles cause honestly, when else am I going to use them?

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    1. Exactly! And I find I'm getting so much joy out of using my things compared to letting them collect dust in their organizers!

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  5. I love your new philosphy I too often find myself saving nicer things for special occasions and using cheap stuff instead. Thanks for this, I will make an effort to do the same.

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