Minimalism versus Frugality
I cannot stand having excess “things” around my house. I like to have things organized and clean for the most part, and when we have too much crap it annoys me. One thing that I struggle with is trying to figure out what to keep and store versus getting rid of and taking the risk of having to re-buy it eventually.
My mother has been so generous in buying Penny clothes from yard sales and thrift stores. However, she also has gone a little overboard and we’ve ended up with three ginormous tubs of clothes in the basement that Penny has outgrown. She’s only wearing 12 month or 18 month clothes right now, so that’s a ton of clothes in newborn-9 month size!
I struggle with deciding if I should keep everything in case we have another girl eventually, or just selling it and giving my mom the money since she bought it all in the first place. The frugal side of me says it’s silly to get rid of anything because if we do have another girl she can use the clothes and we won’t have to spend anything for the ones we already have. The minimalist side of me says to sell or donate a lot of it because even if we do have another girl, she may be born in the summer versus winter like Penny, and a lot of the clothes will be opposite season and we won’t be able to use them.
I also feel like babies don’t really need that many clothes in their wardrobe anyway and I can always sell or donate some of the clothes and if we need to buy a few pieces of clothing in the future I’m sure I can find it second hand.
The other problem I have is the logistics of selling. Consignment stores take a huge cut, children’s clothing sales may or may not be worth it, and if you only get fifty cents for an item, is it really worth selling?
It’s not like the clothes are causing me any inconvenience by sitting in tubs in the basement (other than the fact I could use that storage space for other things) so I feel silly even worrying about them.
How do you balance minimalism versus frugality?