A quick hello

I’ve been happily surprised to have followers and people reading and commenting on my blog already. I really didn’t expect such an encouraging reaction. Thank you! I look forward to getting to know you.

I’m just popping in to say hi. It’s been a very busy and stressful week, leaving me little time to focus on Buy Nothing Year.

Today, I realised in horror that I’d forgotten all about my challenge! But when I wracked my brain going over the past week, I realised I’m winning anyway. Still nothing bought! I’ve even managed to throw a few things on my decluttering pile.

Maybe being busy is the key. Focusing on the important things leaves little time for distractions, and that’s all that shopping is, isn’t it?

A lot of minimalism

My next post will be about why I decided to buy nothing for a year.

The real reason behind it is to have less stuff. Spending less money is a secondary benefit.

I’m not sure yet how I’ll capture the million reasons to buy less stuff in just one blog post. While I figure that out, here is a collection of Ted Talks about minimalism, as explained by people who are much more articulate than me.

Enjoy.

PS: It’s day 5 of Buy Nothing Year and so far I’ve only bought food, drink and yoga classes (all allowed – stay tuned for a post on the rules).

Day 1 of Buy Nothing Year

Well  it’s been less than 24 hours since deciding to Buy Nothing for a year and already I’ve thought of two things to buy! And I thought this would be easy.

It’s amazing how many purchases you might make or think of making without even being aware of it.

What were my two things?

My doctor recommended a book to me. She told me how much it costs and where I can buy it. I said ‘Or I might be able to get it from the library’. But she said it’s quite hard to find in a library and others have struggled. I will try anyway. It may take some time and effort, but it will still be less than the time and effort I would spend earning the money, buying the book, putting the book away and moving it around, and then finally selling/donating it. We’ll see how we go hunting a copy down.

I tended to my pot plants at work today. A co-worker gifted me one of them and it’s been sitting in the pot and plastic bag it came in for some time now. I also have a pot plant at home that’s too big for its pot. My plan was to repot the plant at home into a new, larger pot, then take the old pot to work to pot up the ‘homeless’ plant. What will become of the poor plant now that I can’t buy anything?

I’ll just have to make do with what I already have. I’ll dig out an old plastic pot and see if I can decorate it by upcycling something. I have plenty of scrap fabric, including hessian. I’ll seek online inspiration and instruction on the next rainy day. Maybe something like this:

industrial-indoor-pots-and-planters

Do you have any ideas?

 

Edit: Shortly after posting this, I browsed my facebook newsfeed and saw this article on expanding origami plant pots. You can use the same pot while your plant grows. Brilliant!

And so it starts

Are you a night owl? I’m cursed with a brain that wakes up when the sun goes down. It makes for all sorts of interesting ideas, thoughts, musing and decisions made in soft glow of the moon and my laptop screen. And so it was that last night, as my husband slept in our warm bed, I decided to start a year-long challenge:

The Buy Nothing Year

I’ve done it before. Kinda. 2013 was Buy Nothing New Year, where I pledged to cut waste and ditch consumerism by only buying secondhand… with some exceptions.

I got mariied that year, so of course wedding stuff had to be excluded, because planning a wedding is hard enough without any extra challenges! And we went to Brisbane, home of one of my favourite shops. I made an exception then – holiday purchases don’t count. And then there are gifts – we can’t stop buying those, can we? (although I did manage to buy most gifts secondhand).

I’m happy with how my Buy Nothing New Year went. I caved, I struggled, but I made it. And it changed my relationship with stuff, permanently. At the very least, I became very good and finding the things I wanted secondhand (this doesn’t always mean used!).

But it did feel like cheating. While I hardly set foot in shopping centres, my ebay and op shopping went through the roof. And I did have all those excuses (I mean exceptions) to fall back on. Inspired by an exceptional blog post by Blonde on a Budget, I decided to do another Buy Nothing New Year, but properly this time.

When I thought about it some more I realised that I already have everything I need to be happy. In fact, I have too much. Stuff it (pun intended), let’s just go all the way, let’s not buy anything at all. And why not declutter too!

No exceptions! Apart from food… and toilet paper… well, maybe some exceptions. But this time, the rules will be decided upfront, not changed and softened while I stand in a Brisbane shop admiring a dress on sale.

Stay tuned for a post explaining how my Buy Nothing Year will work, including all the rules and goals I’ve set for this challenge.

I hope you will join me over the next year as I try to make do with what I already have and get rid of what I don’t need. Take on your own challenge for a year, a month or a day, join in some discussion, or just read along. Either way, I hope to see you around!

x Ania