Take clothing. If you buy a dress, there is not a lot of
versatility. However, if you buy a sweater, you can find many uses for it. You
can wear it casually with pants, or dress it up with a skirt. It can also just
be worn for warmth. It meets the Rule of Three.
An object like a glass bowl has many uses. You can use it for
food, either serving or preparation. You can fill it with fruit and use it
decoratively on your countertop or table. You can fill it with potpourri. You
can even throw up in it when you are sick (sorry)!
Same thing for a simple basket. I'm sure you could come up with
a dozen uses, from yarn to bills, magazines to food, floral arrangements to
endless storage ideas. What could be more versatile?
Here's another way to look at it. Think of your hands. How many
purposes can you think of for them? Probably more than about anything else. Now
think of buying a pearl ring for one of your fingers. What purpose does that
ring serve? It is decorative, and worn for only one reason- to look good.
If you tire of that ring, or your fingers get larger and it
can't be sized, is there any other purpose for that ring? Not really, unless you
remove the stone and put it in another setting (which will be expensive) or give
it to someone. So just be sure you really want that ring before you buy it.
On the other hand (no pun intended) when you buy a wedding ring,
it has several purposes. It is a symbol of your marriage union. It has
sentimental value. It is also decorative. It could be said to be used for
security in some ways. It passes the Rule of Three.
Here are some other examples to further illustrate my
Used to mix waffle batter.
the Most out of Your Computer" for many examples of ways to use your
Here is one last example of a single purpose item is a piano.
Now then, I couldn't live without mine, but then, I play it every day. However,
for it to be useful, someone has to play it. If someone does it is money well
If, however, after you buy it, you tire of lessons, and it just
sits there, you have made a mistake, from which you may or may not be able to
recover your money. How many people do you know that have pianos just sitting in
their home? The only time they are played is when company comes. Since it is
probably not being maintained or tuned (which is expensive) even they won't want
to play it long.Think carefully before buying items with just one