And now three weeks in, this habit is starting to feel a little more natural.
The habit of not shopping that is.
It is so easy and normal to just buy stuff.
When we moved from the city to the country, I lost the habit of just popping into the shop to pick up an item or two, and it was freeing.
Though, being completely truthful, I replaced it.
I started shopping online.
Anything and everything, on Amazon, right at my finger tips. So much cheaper than at Tescos too!
A good deal, I told myself.
Which is true to a point.
I am not actually anti stuff, I love my stuff.
And I have so many people to buy for.
People that I love to spoil, and show my affection for. My desire to full fill their needs, and often their wants, through purchasing.
That, I think, is part of the problem.
The, I love my stuff and the purchasing, part. Not the people.
The flip side is I want to spend my time and money intentionally, and I want to consume consciously.
I don't want a completely minimulist lifestyle. ( Paws off my holiday decorations... and craft supplies, and ....)
But I need to have a plan, and be the one in control.
A sort of budget of how much can my home hold?
How much do I really use, and need?
It is difficult to part with what you have. Perhaps, not acquiring it in the first place makes it all just a little bit simpler.