Habit Shifts: Money Matters, Experiences with a 30 Day Shopping Ban

My weakness: face masks made from all different kinds of ingredients

Around this time last year, I tried to exercise some financial discipline~ I instituted a 30-day shopping ban, where I would try to cut down on unnecessary or impulse shopping. When I first mentioned this challenge to some of my nearest and dearest, I asked them to list out things that I couldn’t buy, and here are some of their responses:

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Habit Shift: Goodbye Things (Tips 9, 10 and 11)

By this time of year, I’ve probably broken most, if not all of my new year’s resolutions.  I vaguely remembered something about having better work and life balance (ha!) and exercising more (ha ha!)  But for me, adopting and keeping new habits is hard, hard work. I decided this time around, instead of feeling guilty about the resolutions I didn’t keep, I’ll try to take smaller, more realistic steps, or shifts, if you will.  For me, the concept of a shift still implies change, but they seem to be more gradual.   One of the habit shifts that I hope to make is to have more control over my surroundings.  I’ve moved houses quite a few times over the past few years, and I thought I had whittled my possessions down to a bare minimum.  But lately, I’ve noticed that my space seems to feel cluttered and chaotic.  So one area in my life that I really want to work on is clearing out my living spaces and making better use of what I have. It’s definitely a work in progress, and I thought it would be helpful to document the process here.

I recently read Goodbye Things: On Minimalist Living, by Fumio Sasaki.  The book chronicles the author’s journey to a more minimalist lifestyle.  He eliminated most of his possessions, and now lives with just the barest of necessities.  He reduced his wardrobe down to three shirts, four pairs of trousers and four pairs of socks.  In the process of saying goodbye to his possessions, he gained clarity of mind, and control over his living environment.

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