So...let's say you are trying to reduce the amount of "stuff" you bring into your life...you're trying to buy less, shop less. Let's say you even made a New Year's resolution to this effect, complete with "rules", such as:
- only buying things you envision having for at least five years
- only buying things you really, truly love
- and ending the year with fewer possessions than you started it with
And let's say you decided to broadcast said resolution to a bunch of folks and realized upon hitting "publishing" that by broadcasting it, you actually had to, well...do it.
Well in the off-chance that you actually did all of those things above, good news, I have this totally fool-proof way to ensure that you actually follow through on the resolution. Here goes: start a blog where you have to share every. single. thing. you buy for a full year.
It will work. I assure you.
Not only is it hugely humbling to commit to confessing all of your purchases (not just the ones edited for public consumption, but all of them), but it takes a lot of time. So all of the sudden, when you're say, standing in Target contemplating that cheap, shoddily made black knit beach dress that is pretty much identical to the other three currently taking up residence in your closet, you'll remember that you'll not only have to admit the purchase to others in a public way, but you'll also have to photograph it (if you can't find an adequate photo online) and post it to the blog. And all of the sudden, the time/admission factor outweighs the value of the dress and back on the rack it goes.
It's a pretty effective deterrent this "Operation Simplicity." I've been 100% in it for two full months now, and I can look back at everything I've purchased (pictured above...yes, that's everything for the past 60 days) and honestly say I feel good about *almost* all of it. Sure there have been a few mistakes, but had I not been doing this little experiment, I'm certain there would have been many, many more.
But more important, I look up at those photos and see many things that I truly love, and that (for me) is the real test of a good acquisition.
As for the amount... it seems like a lot of stuff, I realize, but during the past two months, I've embarked on a living room "revamp", gone to NYC and spent two full days trolling vast fields of antiques...so lot's of tempations. But to offset, I've been a bit of a rock star on the whole donating, selling, bartering, giving away front, so, as of now, I have offically purged more than I have acquired. Two months down, ten to go. I'm not afraid.
So I'm curious, for those of you that made resolutions this year, are there any tricks/tactics you have for keeping them? Do you do regularly do any type of (public or private) resolution "check-ins"? I just read Emma's resolution post and loved hearing about her progress.