Well here we are March 1st! Day one of my three month shopping ban. If you need a refresher you can read about my inspiration and rules on Down A Rabbit Hole.
I have been in practice mode for the last few weeks, attempting to be more conscientious about my purchases. Is it something I really need? Is there something I already own that could do the job as well? Why am I buying it? Am I trying to sooth myself and if so can I do that in another way? Can I buy something similar for less? Do I need to spend a little more money on something that will last longer? These are all questions I have never really asked myself before.
Yesterday I broke my plastic spatula, it was a few years old and probably came from the Dollar Store. Today I spent a good deal of time looking for a replacement one. I thought about the price, the materials in terms of eco impact and longevity. I know it is only a SPATULA, not a big deal but like any other skill being a smart consumer requires practice.
The other important thing that I have been doing is continuing my effort to declutter our home. My new mantra is “you can’t organize clutter”. So I keep asking the important questions. Do I need this? Do I love this? Do I have something else that does the exact same job? Am I holding on to this because I feel guilty about giving away a gift or worried I will seem ungrateful? How much stuff do we REALLY need?
I will be honest some things are harder than others to let go of. I am not overly sentimental but there are a few things that are just too precious to part with. My jar of rocks and sea glass. My mother’s wedding band, I’ll never it wear because I believe with all my heart it is cursed, but I need to keep it because it once rested on her hand. My copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, with half the pages falling out, my first HP book. These treasures are priceless and will with be with me forever.
I’m very determined to make this shopping ban work but I know that it won’t be easy. Things happen that we cannot predict. For example I found out this week I need new glasses. I can’t stop these things from popping up but I can do my best to be a conscientious and informed consumer. Wish me luck!!