The new year is right around the corner! 2012 has been a long year, so much has happened. Still, this is not a post about what was, but some thoughts for what is coming.
Earlier this fall I read about some girls who made a "Shop-stop" resolution. Around the same time, there was a lot of publicity around a documentary about H&M and underpaid factory workers. Clothes, and all kinds of stuff for that matter, can be found at giveaway prices in some stores, and who pays the price for all our shopping? This has been in the back of my mind for a long while: How can I be an ethical consumer? I don´t think I am a raging shopaholic, but there is still room for some improvements. A friend of mine had a similar project a couple of years ago, and I have wondered if I could do the same one day.
Some reasons for this project:
It is so easy to admire everyone else´s home, wardrobe and all their pretty things. Especially with so many blogs and pinterest, there are hundreds of opportunities for me to be discontent - every day! I want to learn to be more content.
- Use what I have.
I have so much, and with everything from clothes, music and cups to hobby supplies, it is easy to forget what I actually have when I see something new and shiny. So I would like to focus on what I have, instead of all the things I could have.
- Be more conscious of my spending.
- Saving money.
I think I will be surprised by how much I actually spend on all those little things.
- Avoid impulse purchases.
These usually don´t stand the test of time anyways, either because I really didn´t love that sweater I found on super-sale, or because cheap stuff just doesn´t last very long.
- Deep cleaning.
My friend said she realized more of what she really liked, so I think I will be able to sort out a few things that mainly takes up space and gathers dust.
- Free time.
Less things means less tidying up, which equals more time for other things :)
Simpler living, but not so simple rules:
- I will by no new clothes, shoes, accessories, etc from 1st of January 2013 till 1st of January 2014.
- I can knit and sew/redesign clothes and buy used clothes.
- For every new thing I acquire, an old one will have to go. This rule is not just for clothes, but all new things that come through the door.
- Items that are worn out/broken can be replaced if truly necessary (socks, umbrella and other needed things).
- Gifts are exempt from the rules.
It was easy to talk about this some weeks ago, but with only a few days left of the year, I found myself buying t-shirts on impulse without even trying them on yesterday. Wish me luck!