Just For When Vs. Just In Case

Last night while I was emailing teachers about this week’s sessions, I was listening to yet another podcast from The Minimalists.

A great point was brought up that I really want to share with all of you.

What is the difference between “just in case” and “just for when.”

Just in case is a horrible phrase. “I’m saving this whole box of stuff, just in case I need it later.”

Unless that stuff is worth hundreds of dollars (probably not!) then there is no point on keeping it. If you do need it down the road, buy it. Then when you no longer have value for it, find someone else who does! This is the point of minimalism. It’s not just purging the clutter and then starting all over again. Minimalism is a concept that when you purge this stuff from your life, you continue to only bring in things that bring value and joy to your daily life. If you start to clutter and hoard things again, then this really isn’t the journey for you.

The Minimalists used a great example for describe a “just for when” item. “I buy toilet paper just for when I will need it next.”

We don’t just buy 1 roll of toilet paper every few days. We know it is something we use daily. It has a huge amount of value in our lives. It only makes sense to buy a larger amount because you use it everyday and you’ll save money this way.

I look at my desk and I look at storagepalooza. Both are cluttered. Yet, there is a huge difference between the two. My desk simply needs to be organised better. I need a better filing system for the papers I use daily. Everything I have in this area I use for my business. Every item has value. These items are there just for when I need them. Storagepalooza on the other hand, that’s a disaster. I was saving all of those things just in case I have another baby. Once I started this journey it hit me like a ton of bricks. If I ever decide to have another baby, planned or not, I can always buy these items again. They will be there. This is not the Handmaid’s Tail; the baby industry is not something that is going anywhere, anytime soon.

You can do it! Let go of those just in case items. Unless you have used it in the last 90 days or plan to use it in the next 90 days…

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