AT on ... the Unnecessary Necessary

AT on ... the Unnecessary Necessary

This weekend, I had the pleasure of listening to a very smart person talk about the economy and how it could and should affect our lives at home. She referred to something that I immediately recognized in my own life -- the "necessary unnecessary." In other words, those things I think I need that I really don't.

Have you brought any unnecessary necessaries into your home recently? I have ...

I'll be the first to admit that I am sometimes inexplicably drawn to shiny, pretty things. And, other times, I'm just drawn to things ... things that aren't even pretty.

Case in point: The Zyliss Food Chopper I bought a few weeks ago. I have a nice set of kitchen knives (which means the chopper is unnecessary), but I don't like to chop onions (which, unfortunately, made the chopper seem necessary at the time). Long story short, because my "unnecessary necessary" filter wasn't functioning properly, I brought another thing into my home that I don't really need -- which means that my tiny kitchen is just that much more crowded, my wallet is just that much more empty, and a landfill will eventually be just that much more full.

Keeping unnecessary things out of our homes can be a tough thing to do. But a simpler, less cluttered home is greener, healthier, and an ultimately more satisfying and comfortable place to live. Do you agree?

How do you avoid the unnecessary necessaries?

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