If you know me, you'll know I am the definition of a hoarder. Up until last week, I had boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff under my bed that I haven't touched in years. Just incase. I had clothes from when I was 40kgs heavier still in my wardrobe. Just incase. Heck, I had clothes from PRIMARY SCHOOL. Just incase. I had make-up that I bought in 2010 (SEVEN YEARS AGO?!) that I'd genuinely never used. Just incase.
To put things into perspective for you - I owned over 50 scarves. I live on the Gold Coast. Why? When would I ever have a need for FIFTY SCARVES? I had a draw full of lip balm. I had over 10 unused bottles of soap from Lush. It was insanity. I didn't take any photos because it was straight-up embarrassing.
The problem wasn't excessive spending though. I'm actually a really great saver (if I do say so myself -hair flick-). The problem was my need to "stock up" on things, and my issue with throwing them away. Ever. Even if they're empty. I can honestly say I've bought about three or four make-up items in the past two years, however I had draws upon draws filled. I had two wardrobes overflowing with clothes, but can never ever find something to wear. I had a box full of boxes of products I'd once bought, because one day I might need the box of the iPod Classic I got for Christmas in 2007, you know?
I spent weeks (yes, weeks. Probably closer to months) getting rid of my stuff. I threw all the expired make up out, as well as the clothes that were ruined. I donated A LOT of stuff. At current count I've donated over 15 bags to LifeLine. I'm honestly nervous that if I was to go into my local store it would just be like walking back into my bedroom. I gave some stuff away. It was such an effort, but it's done. I can now fit all my make-up into a small bag, all my clothes fit into a small wardrobe and I have a pretty normal amount of scarves left. It was a huge process and I need to make sure it isn't going to happen again.
So I set myself a challenge. My challenge is not buy anything in 2017. Not a single thing.
Cue the minimalism. I've done my research. I've watched all the documentaries, read all the blogs, watched all the YouTube videos.. and I am SO inspired. I just can't contribute and participate in this kind of lifestyle anymore. I've always fantasied about going zero-waste and how am I supposed to do that when I own six jars of moisturiser? So. I'm not going to buy anything for a year, because I can guarantee if I need something I probably already have it.
I'm going to make monthly posts to keep me in line showing you everything I've bought that month and I'll justify it's necessity. For example, yesterday I bought an iron. That's totally necessary... right?
Let me know if you'd like to see a post about how I managed to make the shift from being a hoarder to being a (wanna-be) minimalist. I'm so excited and nervous for this year, and I just really don't want to get a place of my own and fill it with junk. Wish me luck!