I decided to do a year of not consuming.
My only rule was "not to buy anything I didn't need". This meant I could buy food, drink and basic toiletries etc.
I didn't buy; clothes, shoes, presents, other makeup, hair products, jewellery, bags, decorations, anything disposable, plants, flowers, house items etc.
Nobody needs a £40 cushion, however pretty it is, particularly when they already have 7 cushions on their sofa.
So I decided to level up my challenge...
Did you really not buy anything?
I bought 12 things during the year, for example, a new jacket when my zip broke at -15 up a mountain, brr, a couple of essential things for my very elderly cats and a couple of essential house items. Each one made me really annoyed!
I explained to friends and family what I was doing and was very well supported.
I made presents during this year (jam, cakes, vintage sheet music Xmas decorations) and I sewed and embroidered important wedding presents etc.
All were loved!
The thing I missed the most was buying plants and flowers, I love nature and found that hard. Solutions were growing flowers from seed (harder than it sounds but I tried!) and getting cuttings from friends (lovely thing to do). I now have rhubarb growing!!
SOCKS!!!!! I am so desperate for socks, and tights and pajamas....!!! I did this challenge on a bit of a whim, so no pre-sock planning.
According to my list, I also want to buy a Chilli water bottle, plants, nice tea-towels and a tea strainer. Exciting
January to August was surprisingly easy (other than missing flowers/plants) but it got WAY hard from August, as clothes started running out and however much I darned my socks they just stayed holey.
It got easier in December as I could start counting down.
Yes! try it! Try it for a month, try it for a year, give it a go!
Do it with friends, do clothes swaps, join @BuyNothing groups, I have a friend who is doing it but is allowing herself a 40th birthday dress during the year.
You have the power to do the same, do it, I believe in you!
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