Day 27: Curb Consumption and Accumulation

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.  What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.”  – Annie Dillard

I have jumped on the decluttering bandwagon.  Have you?  While I find tips and tricks in each book I pick up on the topic, I find the easiest way to declutter is to simply not buy things.  I have been getting progressively better at this within the last 6 months of so.  I did the Marie Kondo Life Changing Magic, ClutterFree With Kids (very practical), and just read tons of other books on the subject.  I find the easiest way to keep on top of the clutter (and save money too) is to just not cart it.  Leave it on the shelf.  Leave it in your online cart a few days and see if you still need (want) it.  Give it to the checkout gal or guy and they will restock it for you.  (Please don’t leave it on a random shelf.  I used to work retail.)  Not only does not buying unnecessary stuff help you to keep your home and life decluttered, it also saves precious resources (all the stuff it took to make it, pollution from the production process, packaging materials, pollution from the shipping from factory to store, etc.).  Day 27 Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge is to simply curb your consumption and accumulation by:

  • not buying
  • borrowing from a friend
  • repurposing something else to fill your need
  • buy used
  • Any other ideas?

Use this criteria to see if the item comes into your home:

  • Is it only in my cart because it is a bargain or on sale?
  • Do I have the room to store it?
  • How much of my time is it going to require?  (To set up, maintain, store, learn about, etc.)
  • Do I really love it?
  • Do I need it?
  • Can something else serve the same purpose?
  • Will my spouse give me the how much did you spend speech?  (hahahaha….we have all been there!)

What do you think?  Can you practice curbing your consumption?  It gets easier as you go along.  I have given up Target for a year in the name of curbing consumption, saving resources, spending my time more intentionally (you know you have walked mindlessly around Target throwing stuff in your cart you didn’t know you needed (wanted), and just seeing if I could do it.  Guess what, for the most part I have done a bang up job the last 10 months.  Not only have I saved our family a bunch of money, but I also curbed our consumption, saved resources, and tackled our clutter.  You can do it!  Where are you curbing?

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