Me and my ‘quirks’

That cup set is really nice’, he said.

‘Uh huh’, I said.

‘Shall we buy it’, he said.

‘Will you allow me to dispose the one which we have at home’, I said.

‘Why? It is still in a good condition’, he said.

‘We either dispose the other one and get a new one or not buy a new one at all’, I said.

‘Amma, you are kanjoos’, the brat said.

‘Maybe’, I replied, but I don’t want to clutter up my space’.

The dining table that day had a new ‘rasam’.

‘What is this’, he said.

‘Ajina saaru, your sister told me how to make this’, I emphasized to ensure that he ate it.

‘But what is it?”. he said.

‘I had a fistfuls of some lentils in the pantry, used it all to make a rasam. I thought to finish it all before stocking it up again’, I said.

‘Hmm, tastes good’, he said.

There was an email about a sale. All things were being sold at 50%. ‘Lets go’, he said.

‘Why?’, I said, I don’t need anything now. As such these sales usually sell things which are going to expire soon, So why buy and then think of ways to finish it off. ‘

‘It seems there are saris too’, he said.

Let it be’, I said, ‘Let me dispose of the ones which I am using currently.

He smiled. He knows that dispose of in my dictionary means reusing the things or giving it to someone more deserving.

Over the past couple of years we have tried to live a simpler life. Buying things only which we need. Recycling. Walk whenever we can and declutter at short intervals. It helps both ways; we economize and also focus on the goal of our life, that of self-realization


Written for Wednesday prompts at Write tribe

use it upShilpa has written a nice post on how she Reduces, reuses and recycles. Do read her post.

17 thoughts on “Me and my ‘quirks’

  1. I too have got the name ‘kanjoos’. I don’t like to buy expensive things, which can be avoided. But unknowingly, I have got many things now, which I don’t know how to dispose off! They were collected through the years. Hmmm….

  2. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of accumulating things that one does not really need. One must consciously keep de-cluttering and avoid re-cluttering. As KP commented, this applies to material things and to thoughts and words as well.

    • True that. Material things are easily available now as compared to older times. Actually speaking nowadays I feel clothes and other things are cheaper, food products are not 😦

  3. There are days when i spend decluttering and it feels so satisfying. One moment of thinking before buying can go a long way in avoiding wastage

  4. Hello , I have so much to do in this , i tell you. i recently shifted and oh my god i have so much stuff i have not used..

    wish i can control myself when I spend ..

    • B.M.?? New name is it. Anyways cant tell you enough how much you were missed. Welcome back.
      A little bit of thinking foes a long way, so better think before buying

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