My daughter is a minimalist. She has always kept a smaller amount of "stuff" than her friends, kept her clutter to a minimum and has sought ways to keep it manageable. She follows the rule of bring something in, get rid of something, maybe even to an extreme, where she brings in two and gets rid of six or eight things.
College Diva's dorm room this year is smaller than her previous two rooms. This room was meant to be a single dorm room and it is shared by two girls with limited space. She decided to cut back on several of her clothing and decorator items in an effort to save space. As she states, a book bag, shoes and books on the floor make the room look like a complete mess.
She had purchased two jackets two years ago when getting ready to attend NAU. One black bomber style down jacket and one red parka style jacket. After nearly three winters in Northern Arizona she found she wore the black jacket more, and could fill in with her pea coat for the rest of the wintry months. So the red jacket came home and hung in the hall closet. It made an appearance at the last yard sale, but no one wanted to buy this jacket for $5.00 because we just don't have that type of winter in our area. Not wanting to donate it just yet, I put it back in the closet and waited hoping someone might need it.
My brother came for a visit the day after Christmas bringing his family. As they live in Utah, we rarely get to visit them and are always thrilled for the chance to catch up. He brought his step daughter and her little girl for a visit as well, which was an added bonus as they live out of town and since the divorce we have not seen M very often. As they got ready to leave, my brother remarked that his step daughter was coming with them to visit for a week, and would probably be moving to Utah later in the spring, as M's home situation had changed when her mother remarried.
I looked over M's hoodie and asked her if she had a jacket. She indicated that she did, gesturing at her hoodie. My brother lives in Central Utah, where the temperatures dip to the belows...below ten, below twenty in the winter. Brrr! That hoodie was not going to keep her warm against the Utah winter. I had College Diva get the Jacket out of the closet to see if M might be interested. I was not prepared for the reaction. Not only did M love the jacket, it was her favorite color and fit her perfectly. She stood there in shock, she had seen one like it before, but not having $80.00 to purchase it she had been making due with the hoodie. I wish I had taken a picture of her and this jacket, it was such a wonderful moment.
These are the moments in life that I live for, when something that is no longer needed by someone is passed on to another person who needs it, wants it or desires it. That feeling of joy and relief. The knowledge that someone is better off because you were able to help. What a wonderful feeling.