I did not end up making resolutions this year but Sean and I did discuss a few things that we wanted to accomplish when it comes to savings, house projects, etc, by the end of the year.
When January arrived I decided that I wanted to do a no spend January and only purchase items that were necessary. No wants, only needs. It was going really well and then January 18th happened and that threw my plans for a loop.
Now that I am recovering I am starting again but instead of a no-spend month I’ve made a list of things that we need whether it be for the house or for ourselves. This has helped me make better decisions when I head out and I find something I like and "I just have to have it”. Now if it is not on the list it does not get checked out.
When my restrictions were pretty limited and I could sit in bed no longer and watch Netflix, I decided to look at few pieces of clothing at a time in my closet. I sorted through them and made a donation pile. The items that I still wear regularly I left hanging in my closet. I knew it was a problem last year when I had a closet full of clothes but I kept on reaching for the same several pieces over and over. It was so nice to finally stop making excuses to keep items that I have not worn in years. I made a list in my phone of items that I do need in my closet that way when I head out those are the items I specifically seek out. Nothing more, nothing less.
I think this practice will not only help me save money in the long run but also keep me accountable on the stuff I bring home with me. I don’t want a home full of stuff “that I just had to have.” I want a home, a life with only things I love and use on the regular. Not things that get forgotten because I obviously did not have to have it.