In a piece by Ann Patchett published in the New York Times, Patchett tells the story of her friend who made a conscious decision that she had enough stuff. For one year, her friend did not buy shoes, clothes, jewelry or purses.
About a month ago, I read Patchett’s piece. The idea of a year with no shopping has been swimming in my head ever since.
I cross-posted it and met Facebook friends that wanted to try it, too.
After weeks of thought, I have considered what a year of no shopping means to me. These are my rules for 2018 (although, I’m starting today, Christmas):
- I will not purchase clothes, shoes, accessories, purses, or jewelry.
- I will not purchase anything I do not need. Yes, I realize “need” is subjective.
- This means, I will use up the shampoo in my shower, my guest shower, and under the bathroom sinks.
- I may purchase two Dream Tint foundations at Lunatic Fringe during the course of the year if I run out of what is currently in my makeup drawer.
- I just bought 2 BLINC mascaras and have an unopened Maybelline Big Lash in my drawer. Therefore, I should be able to manage with what I have.
- I may purchase hair product, but only from the salon.
- I may purchase services for myself and friends.
- Self Care is essential. Therefore, I will keep my Align Spa membership and continue to add upgrades.
- In regard to gifting, all gifts wil be:
- events, memories, or experiences
- consumable (like a dinner or a bottle)
- or, a book
- Now, about the dogs — this impacts them, too.
- They will, with my help, be more conscientious about toys, including tennis balls.
- We do not need any additional toys. But, I will continue, obviously, to stuff KONGS with treats.
- I can buy plants and flowers for the yard, but I cannot purchase yard art or pots.
To accomplish my goal, I am doing the following:
Hitting the UNSUBSCRIBE button from every retailer (even the ones I REALLY like).
- Recycling catalogs instead of bringing them into my home (even J. Peterman).
- Avoiding the seasonal aisle at the market.
- Wait one week before purchasing anything that I think I need (ex: vacuum). If I wait a week, I may find that emptying the bag on my old Kirby is just as effective.
I believe these rules will work for me. Choose your own. Then, together, let’s see how much time and money we save.