I confess: I love things. And oh my gosh, stuff! I love things and stuff so much that there are still boxes that haven’t been opened up in the nearly two years since we moved back to Arizona. But a few months ago, I was heading home from running errands and decided to take the side streets instead of the freeway. I drove past strip mall after strip mall after strip mall and I started feeling really gross. It all seemed wasteful, excessive, unnecessary.
I started thinking about how I could do better in 2015. I thought about challenging myself not to buy anything new for a full year. I started thinking what the exceptions would be – undergarments, linens, etc. And realistically, I’m just not sure I can go cold turkey. But I know I can do better. So I’m going with a “Less is More” resolution, with goal of buying as few new things as possible.
Less buying new things.
More buying used, buying local, buying homemade.
Less junk food, less going out to eat.
More meal planning, more fresh, more organic, more local.
Less time on social media.
More time reading books, playing with kiddos, taking walks, taking hikes.
The goal is to be a better steward of the environment, more financially responsible and healthier. My first step toward this was taking a few items the girls had outgrown to the used clothing store in exchange for their Christmas dresses. My next step was unsubscribing from retail emails, unfollowing non-local businesses on instagram, and turning off notifications from retail apps (or removing the apps).
I hope putting this in writing will help keep me on track. I plan to also track my spending of non-food items, and write an occasional update on my progress.
What is your New Year’s resolution? Do you have any suggestions to help reduce that I haven’t considered?
Happy New Year!