"One thing debt and clutter have in common is that as soon as you start letting it pile up, it can be harder and harder to see your way around it." - Cait Flanders
A chilly spring has arrived and amongst other personal goals, I made a promise to myself that I would take time to read more. I decided to read The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. I have had the book with me for a few months, but I think distraction got the best of me. Setting up my new home, making various home improvement purchases, going out to different events, networking to slowly build my new community, keeping in touch with family and friends, and everything in between.
Moving to Toronto from Ottawa was a major financial shift. What I really mean is that it is a hell of a lot more expensive here. Everyone warned me: moving to Toronto is so expensive and busy and loud. Why move there? I agree. Toronto is expensive. Toronto is busy. And, Toronto is loud. But, Toronto is also filled with so many wonderful communities and neighborhoods. Toronto has an amazing food and arts scene. Toronto is a promising place to grow and learn. Toronto turned into an opportunity for me to live in a new city as I am originally from Ottawa and I wanted a change of environment. I do not regret moving to Toronto. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone.
As a professional organizer, I see excess of anything and everything in the homes of my clients. My business, Get Sorted, holds a sweet place in my heart as I have put all my blood, sweat, and tears into developing and improving my client's experiences. I certainly make the efforts to reduce waste and help my client's achieve serene spaces. I know so many people are tired of excess. Tired of clutter. I want to be more a more conscientious consumer. I want live even more minimally. Personally, I consider my home relatively minimal, but I still want to improve my own habits and challenge myself. I have an impulsive personality, by nature and I want this 30-day experience to challenge those impulses by making more thoughtful purchases and simply not buying anything that I do not absolutely need for one month.
Flanders' book has inspired me to challenge myself, yet again. I have been so curious to try a shopping-ban-experience, so here goes!
My main objective for my 30-day shopping ban are:
1. to challenge myself and see if I can actually accomplish this
2. I would like to save more money and improve my overall finances
And, 3. I want to take my sustainability up a notch and be less wasteful
What I can buy:
3. basic cosmetics
4. cleaning products
5. gift for others on special occasions
6. Experiences such as plays, comedy shows, workshops, etc.
*I can only purchase an item in the circumstance that it must be replaced.
*I will try to fix items before replacing them
What I cannot buy:
1. clothing, accessories
2. household decor and items (candles, prints, bedding, etc)
4. take out coffee and food
5. magazines, notebooks, books
6. indoor plants (I have enough...LOL)
I will provide an updated post at the end of May regarding my month-of-no- shopping with my honest feedback as well as my overall experience.
Wish me luck!
This blog post and 30-day shopping ban is inspired by Canadian Author, Cait Flanders' The Year of Less.
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