We’ve finally now transitioned from winter into spring, and we’re edging towards summer up in the Northern UK. I was down South just this weekend and it was 8-10 degrees Celsius hotter! I’m glad to be up here now though – it’s easier to sleep at night with the cooler temperatures 🙂
I thought I’d give a little update on my attempts at simple living.
She’s currently on a hiatus this summer, but her blog has a wealth of posts featuring writings on her daily life – as well as reading and watching recommendations at the end of each post.
She also has book which I do plan on eventually getting – more on that shortly.
Anyway. With regards to my slow and meandering simple living progress, if you have read from this blog before or spoken to me you may know that I am continually trying to focus on reducing my urge to impulse buy. I’m trying to slowly pare down my physical possessions – not to a drastically small amount or anything – just to a point where I can keep things reasonably organised!
I came across this post on the simple living subreddit, in which the writer has come up with a low-buy plan for the rest of 2021. They plan to limit their purchases to 1 item per month, 1 item received for Christmas, and 1 for their birthday. ‘Item’ refers to anything non-essential – so food, toiletries, practical items, tools, experiences, etc. do not count in this case.
I liked the idea of planning out one’s purchases, being more intentional, choosing quality over convenience/low price, etc. So I am experimenting with implementing this into my own life! I tried to think about what kinds of things I would plan to buy. Here are my notes below in case anyone is interested in seeing/giving it a go too:
June: I already purchased 2 books (oop), 3 x balls of yarn (all the same yarn, for combining into a project), 100g of spinning fibre (assorted)
July: Ashford 32″ rigid heddle loom. Also, jeans*.
August: Down to Earth by Rhonda Hertzel
September: Camelbak squishy water container – or whatever my hiker friend recommends
October: Running top with pockets for podcast listening
November: Running leggings
December: How to Change Everything by Naomi Klein
I’m changing the rules a bit for Christmas and birthday as I usually get presents for my parents and sister, and they get something for me. At least I’ll see if I can get them to reduce it to one thing though! We’ll see if my resolve is still there by December.
Sister – a nice bowl
Parents – Food Freedom by Rob Greenfield
Sister – One Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones
Parents – The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes
* I decided I’m not counting clothing replacements so in this instance I am buying them after clearing out/repurposing/selling a lot of my current wardrobe. Bonus if I can get the jeans 2nd hand although it’s really awkward in this 2021 pandemic setting as I don’t want to go out shopping and therefore potentially spread around the coronavirus.
All of my choices are subject to change, of course! But I hope I can hold to this experiment.
- Like I mentioned with the jeans above, replacement of books, tools, supplies, etc. has its own rule… more below.
- If I finish knitting all of my current projects – and therefore use up several projects’ quantities of yarn – I will allow myself to purchase yarn for a specific next project. We are not anywhere near this point though so it’ll be a while.
- I decided that I will allow myself to purchase books (only special ones, or ones I know I’ll love, or ones that really work better as a physical thing e.g. for referencing) if I sell/gift/repurpose an equal or higher amount of my current book collection. If I do this, I may remove a couple of the books for my monthly purchases and stick something else in there.
- Digital products (ebooks, audiobooks, games, etc) don’t count at all for me – while they do have an impact for sure in terms of energy needed to keep them in existence, my main goal is about reducing the physical items in my life, so I feel ok about this. Also, getting ebooks for books that I don’t expect I’ll 100% love makes sense to me. Then, if I love the book I can choose to support the author in the future by purchasing a physical copy too.
My brain is definitely rebelling after having set up this little challenge for myself. I’m thinking of all the things I’d love to buy. I’m just gonna dump them below in a list, haha. I find just writing the things down somewhere helps me to then forget about them a bit more.
- 3D printed spinning wheel bobbins
- A spindle that makes a centre-pull ball
- A supported spindle
- Some nice bowls
Well! I only covered a small section of my life and managed to write a ton. So I’ll leave it at that for now! Are you delving into simple living? Please let me know if you are, if you have any of your own personal experiments, etc. 🙂