Trisha Walker of The Simple Year has been experimenting with zero-waste living. One of her challenges has been getting the folks at her grocer’s meat counter to use her glass jars instead of the typical plastic and styrofoam. During a recent encounter, she had a small epiphany that is worth sharing.
On her first few visits to the meat counter, she felt like the weird lady that brings the glass jars. Perhaps that’s what others thought also, but during a conversation one of the clerks mentioned that another lady was doing this also and she was doing it to reduce her trash. The clerk was in awe that anyone could have just a single bag of trash each week.
Trisha realized that the “Why” is important to share! Now instead of being that weird lady with the jars, she is the cool lady that is eliminating plastics and reducing her trash. Sharing the reasons helps others understand her, but also spreads the message and encourages others to consider reducing waste.
The same could be said for decluttering and minimalism. When you talk to friends, family, and even people you meet throughout the day, include the “Why”. Share the reasons you chose to declutter and downsize. Share the benefits you are getting.
You don’t have to encourage others to follow suit, sometimes just planting the seed will be enough to grow a new minimalist.
You can read Trisha’s article about her meat counter experience here: Lightbulb Moment at the Meat Counter