Week three has been good. I thought I would list five reasons why I feel I am really benefitting from not buying “stuff” stuff.
- I am continually surprised how much calm this challenge has given me. As opposed to feeling tested, I feel more aware and at ease. It has created more time between thoughts and actions. I was certainly an impulsive shopper. ‘Oh thats nice”, rarely giving time to really think about it. I’ve created a bit of a mental check list to apply going forward:
- where will this go?
- how will I use it?
- do I truly need it?
- what will happen if I don’t buy it?
- do i already have something similar?
- what will I wear it with/for?
2) I am enjoying how much more space we have in the house, it is tidier and less cluttered, without any additional effort required to clear up each day. Don’t get me wrong, there aren’t empty marble surfaces, with just a cushion on the floor, I do share my home with a two year old. But just that bit more space and organisation feels good.
3) Organisation is another positive to sorting through things, and not buying in more. It’s easier to locate what I am looking for when it has a specific place, and there’s just less of it to mentally keep track of.
4) It’s changing larger things in our life too. Building a two storey extension because we “needed more space”, was high on our priorities. Now we are looking at what we have, and re working it. Bigger isn’t better, and the end goal doesn’t need to be the largest house you can afford. The idea what you need to buy more shelves to accommodate more stuff, then buy a shed for all the stuff, and then even pay for external storage because there’s so much stuff, or move to a larger house to accommodate all the stuff. It’s a pretty typical way to live, yet when you spell it out like that it sounds ridiculous.
5) It has also made me thinking more about where items are coming from, the ethics behind the purchase. Giving more thought to a purchase creates more time and space to consider its origins, it’s true cost to the environment and the person who created it.