A couple months ago a friend told me about the book by Cait Flanders, The Year of Less.
I read it and was amazed. I was amazed by this woman's ability to take a year and not spend. Because for me spending is really a way of coping with things that I can't deal with. I am an impulse buyer. I buy things when I want to feel better. I often buy things that I already have 5 of, and don't really need. Moving twice in the past year has made me realize that I have way too much stuff. I fill my walls with things instead of memories sometimes. I put worth in the things that I have. I allow those things to be what comforts me, what gives me worth. I spend way too much money on things that are essentially meaningless.
So... I have decided that starting September 1st, I am going to take a year off of impulse buying. There are going to be ground rules for myself, and I am going to think through those as I read through the book again this week.
It is going to be a tough year. It is going to take a lot of discipline on my part, a lot of self-restraint. I know that I might fail in some moments, but no matter what I know that this year is going to change me.
Some of the things I am planning on in the next year.
Making a list of things that I am allowed to buy such as toothpaste, TP, other such products.
Make a list of things that I am not going to be purchasing at all. Such as craft supplies, books, etc.
Make a list of things that I will purchase if I throw out the old one that I have. For example t-shirts, shoes, make-up.
I am not sure what this will evolve into, and if anyone reading this blog has done this... let me know how it went! I would love to hear about it!
Check back for updates throughout the year!