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June 9, 2010

Happiness Project Wednesday: Buy needful things

Filed under: Books, Happiness Project Wednesday, Personal — Tags: , , — llcall @ 6:00 pm

Every Wednesday I’m recording how The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin has influenced my daily life.  To read my introductory post, click here.

To some people, this is a no-brainer.  Of course you buy things you need.  But I honestly struggle with it.  Even when I have a problem that could be solved with a $5 purchase, I fight it tooth-and-nail.

But we’re working on it, especially now that we have a baby and it’s getting harder to just make do all the time.  Our first triumph:

This magnificent rolling laundry sorter is basically saving our marriage.  See, my old hamper was too heavy for me to carry to the washer (even without clothes in it) and so I depended on Neal for that chore.  But the hamper was so clunky and awkward that it was also a pain for Neal to carry out, and frankly, he was kind of a pill about it.

After months of Neal complaints, I finally agreed that we should fork over the cash to find a better solution.  But man, did it bug me — I guess in my mind $25-30 is just far more than one should ever pay for something to put your dirty clothes in.

Now that we have been using this bad boy for three months, I concede that Neal was right all along.  I get a lot of pleasure out of how easily I can roll it around the house, even on carpet.  It is virtually effortless, which is about all my body can handle some days.  No more complaints while I wait for Neal to bring the laundry out.  No more Neal proclaiming what a martyr he is for having to do such an unpleasant chore.  (Not to mention it’s dual purpose as a disciplinary measure for our little girl).

Not that this has opened the flood gates to every sensible purchase.  Neal is currently working on convincing me that a new CD player to replace our years-old and frequently-skipping boombox is a needful thing.  I’ll let you know who wins round two . . .



  1. I know how you feel. It is so hard for me to spend money on new things!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — June 9, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  2. Gosh, we got one of those and it has SAVED my back–which pain has literally been AWFUL since I gave birth. My mother-in-law always tells me (because she suffers from so much pain nowadays that she literally has to be wheeled around the house in a chair) that anything that can help save me from further injuring my body now, is worth the money! I have a hard time spending on certain things as well, but as I’ve seen her life and how much she wished she would have done some things differently to preserve her health, I have tried to listen more intently to any health advice she gives me.

    Comment by Meg Romney — June 9, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  3. i love reading your blog.
    i find it very amusing!

    Comment by kjell — June 10, 2010 @ 3:05 am

  4. Marriage partners make compromises. An early one for us–one of the biggest splurges we’ve ever made–was a super-duper kitchen trash receptacle which had a foot pedal to raise the lid without using hands, and had a removable plastic insert. I thought it cost a fortune ($60). I had grown up in a home where trash was cheerfully placed in free large supermarket brown paper bags with the tops neatly folded down twice. (This helped them stay upright.) Imagine paying for something to put trash in! I wondered what my parents would say when they visited, but I stuck up for my partner saying $60 was certainly cheaper than a divorce, or squabbling. And it is!

    Comment by Lorie — June 10, 2010 @ 8:26 am

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