I have embarked on my great personal project of 2014.
We are not great collectors of things. Experiences, yes. But things, not so much. But I look around our home, at our full closets and our comfortable rooms, and I know, we have more than enough. So I’m going to see if I can make it stretch.
For a whole year.
A year of no shopping malls or outlets. A year of no online shopping or list writing. A year of no unnecessary product consumption. I will buy nothing new, for 52 weeks. It’s daunting and exciting and liberating all at once. I wrote a lot at the end of last year about consumption and wish lists and my frustration with our consumerist society. It’s time to practice 100% of what I preach.
Things don’t matter. People do. It’s simplicity at its most honest.
I’m going to start borrowing things, and lending things out. I’m going to not base any of my (self) worth on what I have or what I wear. I’m going to step right out of my comfort zone and change my habits. Because a year with purposeful change is a year with great purpose.
I will spend more time focusing on who we are, instead of what we have. And for the few things that may come up over the year that we do need, it will be a challenge to source and find them either discarded (and upcycle) or second hand. Gifts will be handmade and socks will most definitely be darned.
The only way I have any way of teaching my daughter that things don’t make you happy, is to prove it to myself first.
I’m flying pretty blind right now, knowing that there will be great challenges… some that I can foresee and others that will probably hit me over the back of the head when I least expect it. But that’s all part of the challenge.
One year with no unnecessary purchasing footprint. No clothes or toys or home wares. No cosmetics. No trinkets or shoes. No electronics. No upgrades. Nothing that we don’t genuinely need. Resourcefulness is a wonderful skill to incubate. Anything we truly need will be sourced second hand or borrowed. We will be returning to the days of my grandmothers, where clothes are fixed and everything that is no longer needed is either turned into something new or given away to someone else who can use it.
A year of no waste. An exercise in discipline and mindfulness.
I’ll be back in the next few days to outline more of the project ‘rules’ and where we go from here…
I’m hoping to open the project up in a few months’ time and challenge you to come on board for a one month ‘nothing new’ challenge.
Do you think you would/could do it? Challenges and all?