I’m not usually a big fan of Lent and playing the whole give up something game and carry on about how inconvenienced your are about not having something or doing something. But this year as I continue to minimize, I thought it may be a beneficial exercise for my well being and our household.
Over the past 3 months I have continued to minimize our household by making weekly trips to Goodwill, reduce clutter, donating over 8 bags of baby clothes and toys and ultimately I’ll be completely changing our living arrangements to create a dedicated play area for Miss H to play. This will eliminate a lot of the clutter once our kitchen remodel is complete. We start that in less than 2 weeks!
I’ve completely cleared my calendar of activities I truly didn’t want to say yes to. I’ve stepped down from leadership roles and will be stepping away from other responsibilities and the end of the year. To tell you the truth, the lack of things I have to do is a breath of fresh air. I don’t wake up stressed about what we need to do for the day, it’s very low key, calm and we enjoy our day.
Now to say I’ve got the minimizing things down, well that would be a big fat lie. I still sit down and polish of a pint of ice cream or get a little crazy at Nordstrom Rack, but like I’ve told myself the entire time, I’m a work in progress.
One of the biggest areas I struggle with is shopping. I shop when I’m happy. I shop when I’m sad. I shop when I’m bored. I could be doing a lot more with my time and resources if I pulled back the reins just a little bit. But when I think about where I spend my money, it isn’t so much on myself, but my husband and Miss H. They like nice things too. We all go through those spurts where you just need to shop or you’re on a mission to find the perfect item. I just seem to do that a little too often.
With the bulk of my playroom items purchased, I’m ready to take a leap in to 40 days of no shopping. I have plenty of clothes that will transition me into spring. We will be in construction so household items will not be a factor and I’ll just purchase the necessary grocery basics. Eating out and Starbucks will still be on the list because, duh coffee and sanity by adulting.
Rules of The Game
- No Clothes or Household items
- Necessary Gifts are OK (Birthday’s, Hostess Gift)
- Eating out is fine
- Remove 40 items from your household. 1 item a day to donate or giveaway
I’ll be sharing my progress for the 40 days and my friend Amy is joining me too. Feel free to join us and use hashtag #40DaysNoShop and join in on the fun with us.
Do you ever give up something for Lent or just a personal challenge during the year?