How did we rationalize it? We returned two things we weren’t using — a juicer (B’s birthday present) and a milk frother (my Christmas present) — and picked up one Nespresso bundle with the associated merchandise credits and gift cards at no extra expense. Technically, no real cash spent, and technically, we returned two things and got two things in return so perhaps it’s a wash. We were already in the market for a coffee maker of some sort and feel like if this gets used like we think it well, then it is wholly worthwhile exchange.
When some people think of the word “minimalist”, they imagine someone who lives with next to nothing and perhaps enjoys bare white walls to any type of decoration. And yes, there are many happy minimalists that live like this. One day, I think I could be there, too. But what I’m striving for right now is not to be completely possession free… rather I’m striving to own only those things that bring me the greatest happiness and that I plan to use often. Also, this month’s challenge was *my* challenge and not something my husband had agreed to take on with me so it was something we both agreed would get a lot of use by both of us.
After this challenge is over, I hope to continue making forward progress by (1) getting rid of one item for every new item I bring in, and (2) getting rid of anything I haven’t used in the last 12 months. If I can get through all four seasons without using something, there’s a good chance I don’t need it in my life.
Tell me what you think! Do you think this purchase is still in the spirit of the challenge? Also, do you want a cappuccino?