I promised not to buy anything new for an entire year. The perfection-avoiding modifications are necessary so as to avoid me sitting naked in the compost pile.
The modifications are:
- Buying used (with the exception of underwear and socks — because used undies? Ewww.)
- Buying from locally owned businesses whenever possible
- Making do with what we have as much as possible
- Choosing gifts for friends from local businesses, individual artisans, or companies that benefit others in some way
- And I reserve the right to purchase a new computer this year, if the need arises and mine rolls over and plays dead.
Basically, my mantra has become:
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
(And if you can’t do that, then buy local)
January was a mostly successful month.
I needed a soap dish and found a delightful one on the first day of looking at my local thrift shop.
Thing One needed jeans without holes in the knees for job searching. Can’t look like a ragamuffin and land a job, can you? He visited The Goodwill and came away with two pairs he likes just fine for less than $14.
Otherwise, everything we bought was consumable or medical/safety in nature. With one exception.
And I didn’t even realize it at the time.
I bought a brand new birthday card. At Target. And I didn’t even choose one of the recycled ones.
But, in a moment of perfection-avoiding calm, after a deep breath, I said to myself, “Well, next time we’re downtown, let’s stop by that lovely local shop and pick up a few birthday cards to keep on hand.”
A lesson learned. A plan formulated. A step in the right direction.
If you’re a Compact-er, how are you doing on your commitment?
Photo Credit: Sooperkuh