Tiring of the seemingly endless containing of stuff.
Shoes everywhere. Toys everywhere. Crayons everywhere. Fabric everywhere. Laundry everywhere.
We have so much more than we need. So much.
While we live without debt, it doesn't mean that the rising cost of EVERYTHING isn't little by little encroaching upon our budget.
If I am mad at all the STUFF, I should be mad at the one buying all the stuff.
Which just happens to be me...
So I decided to give myself a little challenge. To see what our house and our bank account would look like after one month of not bringing in anything new, or spending any money on non-necessities.
No treats from the dollar section.
No books for the Kindle.
No gadgets for the kitchen.
No more long and lean tanks or cardis from Target.
No craft supplies.
No clothes for any of the kids.
Just food, medicine, diapers and gifts.
Let me just say, it was way harder than I ever imagined it would be.
Going to Target. Not fun.
Finishing my last book on the Kindle. Not fun.
Being tortured by the pre-sale of the Flea Market Fancy re-print. Not fun.
Deleting every single Groupon/ Groop Dealz/ Very Jane/ Pick Your Plum/ Zulily/ BabySteals email without even opening them. Not fun.
But a week or so into the not-fun-ness of the challenge, it became sort of fun. A mental reframing to appreciate what we already have. To play with toys that have been forgotten. To wear clothes that seemed new again.
To realize that we have more than we could ever need.
It was good. So worth it. I dare you to try it.
But the trick is to not make a running list of what you want and need and then go crazy once the month is over. That part is really hard. That would negate all the hard work of the month.
*For full disclosure, I totally cheated one time. I am powerless against a good pair of stripey leggings. Rainbow stripey leggings. $5 rainbow stripey leggings. I mean, really, those are a total necessity, right? Right up there with diapers....