Coming out of the Winter Holidays, I often feel full. There is so much goodness during this season, the food, drinks, company, presents. By the time it is over, I am ready for less. I though about setting a goal to "not shop" for the next three months. But that feels restrictive, it reminds me of when people say "hey don't look, but there is a gigantic elephant over there...". Telling myself I am not shopping only makes me immediately think about shopping. So as a practice of simplicity and gathering slowly, I've decided to spend the next three months making, borrowing, and shifting. That means anytime I think, "I need to buy...", anytime I say "just look on Amazon for...", or anytime I think, "this isn't working", I get to come up with a solution that doesn't end with me shopping.
So far this month I've wanted to buy a new picture frame or mats for prints I got for Christmas. I've wanted to buy a new shelf for my office because it feels messy. I've wanted to buy new art for my dining room because I am tired of the temporary one I hung. I've wanted a new set of flour sack towels for my kitchen because mine are stained with matcha, coffee, and turmeric.
My solutions? Cut the mats I already have to fit the print size. Reorganize (again), purge, and tidy my office space. Cut craft paper for the current frame in my dining room, and do my own art. Naturally dye my current flour sack towels and give them a little hand stitching for embellishment.
I am feeling really at ease with this practice, it seems to require me to be a little more creative and to problem solve so I can to make what I have work. I will be reporting progress here and sharing any creations/solutions I've come up with. At the end of the three months, I will check in with myself and if what I've been doing seems to work, I will keep it up. If not, I will reevaluate what it is that is really missing and buy it if necessary.
Personal Guidelines of What "Not Shopping Includes"
- Clothes, shoes, hats, gloves, anything worn on the body
- Rugs, lamps, frames, anything used as an accessory for my home
- Products for hair, nails, body, bathroom, kitchen
- Presents/gifts for others
Exceptions to the Guidelines
- Essential Oils
- Products I run out of (i.e. shampoo, dish soap.)
- Groceries and things from the grocery store (i.e. toilet paper, batteries, light bulbs)
- Books for studying (not magazines, or coffee table books)
- Experiences with others (i.e. going places, doing things.)