I enjoy a challenge, a new concept and an opportunity for growth. I am also incredibly impatient, and not someone who easily adopts habits. I started my 30 day challenges as a manageable way to introduce new practices which will potentially offer me personal growth and to be a better Mother. It also worked conveniently time wise that I could fit ten challenges into the rest of the year. My thinking is, it will give me motivation and accountability to document my challenges, and at the end of each one if i will stick to it wholly, partially or happy to say ‘see ya’.
I also felt inspired by Brooke from the Slow Home Podcast. If you aren’t familiar with her, she’s well worth checking out. Her story resonated with me, and I love listening to her twice weekly broadcasts.
For experiment number one, I chose the challenge of saying no to stuff. This is something Brooke speaks extensively on.
I also have been enjoying Emma from @mamalina sharing her ‘say no to stuff‘ approach to life. It’s incredibly refreshing for a blogger/instagrammer to not be subtly (or more commonly not so subtly) pushing products. I get it, it’s how they earn their living and support their family. But its such a shame when someone you enjoy following becomes a stream of ads for products which really don’t sync with their ethos or audience.
A little back story on me: stuff, lots of stuff. Pro shopper from a young age, huge playroom of toys, wardrobe of clothes. Punctuated by long periods of traveling when I lives with very little and loved it. I felt liberated. I often struggled returning home, but couldn’t identify why.
When I headed off to Australia, it was with the intention of being there no more than six months. I packed up a home’s worth of stuff to be stored, and headed off with just a (albeit large) suitcase. Fast forward nearly five years, to packing up our life to ship back to England, between us we had accrued quite a lot of stuff. It took three months for our shipping container to arrive over here, and initially i missed it, but by the time it arrived, I had learnt to live without it, and felt a little overwhelmed by all the stuff.
Just Intrepid Bebe’s wardrobe of outgrown baby clothes made up boxes upon boxes. I thought we had given away so much stuff before we left, yet he I was feeling swamped. And yet having been deprived of such wonders as Amazon Prime living in rural Oz, the buying continued. I love a bit of insta-shopping too, handmade, mini brands, and personal recommendations-I couldn’t get enough.
So that was me, until all of a week or so ago, when I embarked upon my first challenge: not purchasing more stuff, and try to streamline and minimise somewhat out home. I am still of course buying food(perhaps self sufficiency with be a future challenge but it might equate to a 30 day fast!) , paying to travel, bills, and the occasional good coffee, and of course: Daffodils.
VERDICT WEEK ONE:
One week in I am feeling good. I was surprised how many times I have needed to catch myself this week, mostly it has been potential purchases for my daughter. Clothes she doesn’t need, toys she has plenty of already. At first I thought should I make a list of all the things I wasn’t buying, basically so I could buy them at a later date, but I soon realised that is not the point. I was also surprised how much healthier the bank account looked after just one week-the odd twenty pounds here and there clearly really adds up. I have also found myself looking at my house a little differently. I look at our hooks by the door, with so many hats on there’s no space, from where I am sitting I can count at least twelve, and yet between us we only have three heads! I look in the garden at two sheds I know have multiple boxes of I am not too sure even what. It’s early days but so far so good.
Check in next week to see how I am getting on as I begin to actively declutter and reduce the levels of stuff, and I will discuss a few of the benefits I believe saying no to stuff can offer.
Join in with your own week one: set boundaries at the start of the week. Limit your purchases to only the essentials, and be mindful before making purchases.