Sunday, 19 January 2020

Setting A 2020 No Buy Challenge

Lady holding a piggy bank in a post about how I'm setting a no buy challenge for 2020
In 2019 I started decluttering with the aim to live a more simple and intentional life. I thought what better way to compliment this aim is to set myself a no-buy challenge in 2020. When I've decluttered in the past emotional spending has resulted in the clutter coming back. In three years, I filled our old flat with so much stuff it's quite scary. We have much more room here now we've moved, and I am determined that it is not ending up full of clutter.

Initially, I thought a no-buy challenge would be impossible. What if things run out? What about things like food and wine?! This is where it's essential to set your own rules. By making rules that will work for you, you're more likely to stick to the challenge.

How to set a no-buy challenge 

Make rules that work for you.

The first thing to bear in mind when setting a no-buy challenge is to set rules that work for you.

I have decided that my main aim is to stop clutter coming into the house, so stuff including unnecessary clothes, makeup and things I just don't need are not allowed. I also want to limit the number of books. A tough one as I love books.

I tend to wear black clothes, so I have bought some Dylon fabric dye to give the clothes that are looking a little bit tired and in need of a colour boost so that they can last much longer.

One main rule I have set myself is that I can only replace skincare and makeup items when they run out. Given the number of backups I have, I'm hoping this won't be very often!

What is ok to buy

Another essential thing to consider when setting a no-buy challenge is to consider what it is ok for you to spend your money on.

Personally, I've decided that it's ok to buy gifts for others.

As the no-buy challenge is about cutting out clutter, this won't include any money spent on experiences which enrich our lives. Experiences are essential for self-care, so things like travel and going out with friends are allowed.

One thing I have is a love-hate relationship with is going to the hairdressers. Again this is something I will allow myself. You know the problem with roots, grey, etc. I don't go very often so although it's not essential, it's excluded from my no-buy list.

Things I want to buy

Anything I do want to buy has to be written down and then reflected upon. For example, I have been looking for a quality white shirt for a while. My current thoughts are: Do I really need a white shirt? If so, what can I declutter from my wardrobe to make space for it? Also, I want to see if I can get it from a charity shop or second hand from eBay to make the purchase more sustainable.

Have you ever set yourself a no-buy challenge?
I'd love to hear how you got on.
Lots of love, 
Helen x

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