I'm feeling very conflicted at the moment. DH and I have been endeavoring for the past few years to simplify our lifestyle, meaning that we cook more homemade meals; grow, can, dry, and freeze our own produce; and try to make as many things, like lotion or medicines, from natural things. We are also trying to be very frugal and not waste anything that can still be used.
I just finished reading a blog article about melting down the last bits of candles that have burned their entire wick but still have wax left. You melt the wax, combine several candles in a new jar with a new wick, and voila! a new candle! Which all sounds very nice, and frugal, but I don't want a bunch of mostly burned candles laying around.
Our new lifestyle has already meant more of some things. We have canning jars galore, a big pantry in the basement to hold all the preserved food, a dedicated deep freezer for all the frozen veggies I make and meat we buy, a dehydrator, canning utensils, a big canning kettle, a pressure canner, etc. And then there are herbs, wax, and other supplies for making lotions and such.
The idea of saving things to repurpose or reuse appeals to my frugal side, but the side that's trying to simplify and reduce is going ballistic at all the "stuff" required to do so. Help?