Decluttering is in vogue, decluttering is the buzz-word, and a fad!
In the name of decluttering, anything and everything in the house……appliances, books, stationery, clothes, shoes, bags, bedding, mirrors, furniture, repair items…..either almost new or old but functional, are thrown out or sold to kabadis.
Thus, we merely transfer the clutter from inside to outside. Whereas we waste resources (read money), it costs the environment its sustainability.
Rather than acquiring only the essentials in order to not to clutter our lives, we first surround ourselves with the clutter and then we mindlessly follow the wise counsel of some “Decluttering Guru” situated in a different world coming from a different context.
What is required is decluttering our minds, to realize that 3Rs- Reduction, Reuse and Recycling are the possible solutions to give us space as well as to protect the environment from our onslaught: reduce unnecessary acquisitions (buy one less than a dozen pair of shoes?), reuse (use blank side of the written pages, use the carry bag again n again?), recycle (food waste into compost?).
In that sense who is more responsible, modern minded and eco-friendly: the traditional housewife who practices “reduce, reuse and recycle” day in day out, or the fashionable ones who first throw money to amass things and then throw those same very things away?