I am so over stuff. We have piles and piles of things that never get used. We recently shifted house and it overwhelmed us how many boxes we needed to move from one house to another.
Culling is a part of my everyday life, but still have to remind myself most days, “Amanda, you have enough stuff”
The school yard compares,
We have enough.
Recently I spent time with the most interesting woman from Arnhem Land in Australia. She is a missionary to this region, who spends her days looking after pilots and their wives. These families travel out to the most isolated places in our vast, wide orange land.
We were driving around together in Darwin chatting away about life, when randomly we started talking about shoes. Just as women do. She said to me, I only have two pairs of shoes. Where we live there are no shops and I have worked out I don’t need much more than this.
Just two pairs of shoes.
My mind tumbled.
It reminded me of my recent trip to Nepal and I sat with a woman in the dusty far off rural places. I looked down at her sandals and she had fixed them with a random piece of string. They were her only pair of shoes.
I have a whole bucket full. I have so many shoes that I could wear a different pair every day for two weeks and still have more lying in my cupboard.
My problem is not culling, my problem is buying and my greatest tripping cord is a good old sale. It is like I am drawn to a discount sign, like a moth to a flame. If a deal is offered, I am the first at the front of the queue, card in hand.
Even when I don’t need another pair of shoes, cardigan, plate, pillow case, the words fifty percent off, get me racing.
I am a sale sign junkie.
Recently I have been trying to implement these three simple principles into my home.
1) every time I buy something, something has to go.
Each and every time I buy anything, kids clothes and toys included, something else has to go. Something in the house, something has to be given away.
2) less stuff but better quality.
I have been trying to ignore sales and look for quality. Even better when something of good quality goes on sale. What if I bought less, but spent my money on better quality items seasonally? This has been my new mantra.
3) Spend more on ethical products.
I have been looking where something is made, so rather than just buying something because it is cheap, I buy from suppliers that trade ethically. This simple guide from Baptist World Australia has also been an amazing tool in helping me find suppliers and shops that are ethical in their consumer practice. A great tool is their website Behind The Barcode.
These three simple principles have been my consuming my shopping life.
How about you do you have enough shoes?
Are you sick of having so much stuff?
What are your tips to living a more stream lined and simpler consumer lifestyle?
Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
See ya soon