2019 started off with the idea of a more conscious way of living. Consume less, reduce plastic and slow down with the online shopping. It’s been going really well and both me and Partner in Crime will continue on doing just that.
I posted earlier about doing some sort of no-buy and/or declutter operation for 2020, in order to make room for more creative projects. One issue with this is that creative projects often crave…well stuff. On top of that I started to rearrange some things in both the living room and in the bedroom, which has left us in a place where we kind of need a new bookcase or some sort of shelf situation. Declutter, was it? It’s awesome to be this contradictory.
Alas, 2020 is going to be the year when I try to learn how to get rid of things. It will still look like a minimalist’s worst nightmare at our house because
I won’t admit I have a problem I like my stuff. A lot of clothing, accessories and shoes will leave this apartment to never return and if I’m bringing something new home it can only stay under the following conditions:
- Another item of any kind (not belonging to Partner in Crime) has to go.
- The new, shiny thing should preferably be thrifted.
A list will probably be created to see how much stuff we get rid off, the goal is to have more things leaving the apartment than entering it.
There is a no-buy list to go with the decluttering project and in order to not shoot myself in the foot, it will be running from January to March. If needed by that time, it may be tweaked a little. The list includes all items below:
- Clothes. (I’ll allow fabric for sewing clothes, there won’t be time to finish more than one thing anyway.)
- Music in physical form; no records, CDs, cassettes or whatever I try to sneak by as “not exactly a record”. Spotify subscription is allowed because survival.
This is what I spend money on whenever I get the chance. Movies are excluded from the list because me and Partner in Crime are planning on watching more of them this year. We are using one streaming service and will buy old DVDs and Blurays from time to time.
This resolution is not just a detox to overcome and then continue on as before. It is meant to change my behavior, to stop me from spending so much time online just looking at videos or stuff to buy and instead do something worthwhile. It is about getting back to being creative, read more books, find the fun in DIY and crafts again and hopefully find a balance in the mess that is home too.
This is me on New Year’s eve at a Gatsby & Bootlegger’s party. Who knew that the last pieces of clothing I would get for a long period of time was going to be a hat and a vest?