I have been in the organizing and de-cluttering mode. During this process, I’ve realized how much I enjoy shopping in my own home. I’m not talking about ordering over the Internet and purchasing items without leaving the house. I mean using things I already have for my own use or to give to others. “Shopping” from home blesses you and others too!
I have lots of “stuff” that I don’t use anymore or have never used and that’s just taking up space. As I’ve organized, labeled and made things more accessible, I have been able to “go shopping” from the shelves in my own house. This is not only saving me money, but is convenient, helpful to the environment, and a way for me to be a good steward of the resources God has entrusted to me.
Here are some ideas on how to “shop” from home:
- Establish a gift area. I have a gift shelf where I put items/gifts I won’t be using, free things I’ve acquired or purchases that aren’t being used. When I want to send a “just because” gift, I know right where to look. I am able to “shop” from my shelf and re-gift items to others. One of my iBloom teammates has a “blessing box”. This is where she keeps books, journals and other things to pass on to others. It makes blessing others so easy once you pick a spot where you keep everything together!
- Give gently used items to family and friends as gifts. I have a niece getting married soon and wanted to give her a “bridal care package”. Since my oldest daughter was married just a year ago, we had a few “bride” items she was happy to pass on. My niece was thrilled to receive these items! Especially since re-using items fits perfectly with her philosophy of recycling. Look in your closets, garage, and other places of full of “stuff” in your house and see if there are things you aren’t using that others would enjoy. Gently used clothes, sporting equipment, books, etc. are best when they are being used and, just as important, when they are out of your way! It really is true that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
- Host a clothing and accessory swap party! Invite your family and friends over and ask each woman to bring 3-5 pieces of clothing or accessories she doesn’t wear or want anymore. Display all the items and allow everyone to select as many “new” items as they brought to the party. If you brought four items, then you leave with four different items. This is a great way to shop without spending any money. Plus, it’s an easy way to host a party; put out some snacks, turn on Pandora and have fun with your girlfriends. You might even decide to have a fashion show – have fun!
- Shop your own closet. Ask a friend with good fashion style to go through your clothes, shoes and accessories while making suggestions of outfits to wear or things to put together. I’ll bet she comes up with options you never thought of! Now you don’t have to go shopping for new clothes – you have new options right in front of you! Your friend might also give suggestions of items in your closet that need to be donated….sometimes, it’s just time…
- Organize household items and toiletries so you don’t buy duplicates. I remember a season in my life that was extremely busy and hectic. I could never seem to find the scotch tape or batteries and I would always throw shampoo in my shopping cart because I couldn’t remember if there was any at home. I finally took the time to purchase small containers and organize my toiletries and household products. The next time I needed a light bulb, I was able to save a trip to the store – I knew right where to find it in on my own supply shelf!
With a little time and effort, you can save time and money, bless others, declutter, and refresh your style all while shopping from your own home! I’ve found that doing this frees up space in my mind too. Knowing what I have, what I use, and how to find it when I need it is a wonderful feeling.
Do you have any ideas for re-using and recycling items from your home? Share them below.
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Fred Rogers