So lovelies, it’s been a while! I’m back to talk about my Buy Nothing New for a Year Project. Next month, it will have been one year since I started. It hardly seems possible! For those of you who are not familiar with this challenge. Here’s what I’ve restricted myself from doing…
No new stuff! This includes,
- Erroneous bath and shower products (can only buy what you NEED)
- No going to the hairdressers
- No furniture
- No housewares
- No new crap!
Here’s what I allowed myself to buy if I needed
- Food (of course)
- Secondhand goods from Charity Shops if I needed them
- Stuff from Freecycle if I needed it
- Items for my trades, (strings, gems, beads, ect)
- Things you can’t buy used (lightbulbs, panties, ect)
So I did pretty well. Did I actually go an entire year without buying anything new? Not really. Here’s what I cheated on:
- I bought a new lappy before I came over to the UK to live. Truly that falls under the needed for work thing, but I could have bought a used one again but I didn’t.
- I bought some lipstick because I ran out.
- Some of the things we needed after the move were bought by Steve
- I had my hair cut before I left the US, but I didn’t know back then that it wasn’t allowed (since then it’s been cut by Steve)
I’m sure there have been various other infractions over time…but these are the ones I can think of at present. It’s been a good year, I think that I will try to continue as best I can and certainly to buy nothing new, wisely. I’ve learned a lot in this past year and really wish I could have back all that money I’ve spent over time on shit I just don’t need! Makes me a little sick to my stomach to think of things I’ve bought in the past and then contributed to the landfill a few short years later. I’m sure the thousands of dollars could have been much better employed somewhere else. As the song by one of my fave solo bass players says….You Can’t Throw It Away (There’s No Such Thing as Away).
So since I feel I’ve vastly improved the quality of my life by this little challenge, I’ve now started thinking about what’s next. One of the things I’ve been proudest of in my life was how books have steered me, changed me, molded me, inspired me. I used to be one of the most prolific readers that I knew. The time that I used to spend reading books, I now mostly spend on the Internet. There’s got to be some balance between these two things no? So my next challenge is to join a library (too bad London doesn’t have any good ones 😉 to read one book per week and write about it. I’ve also joined LibraryThing at the suggestion of the lovely @secretlondon So have a look, send me a suggestion for a nice read and I’ll let you know how it goes in the coming months. I’ll probably start in January this time as I’ll be on tour for most of November and December but who knows, maybe I’ll get a head start! 🙂 Much love and thanks for all the love and support lots have you have given me this last year. You know who you are! xoxox