- 1 Bessemer fry pan - forgot to include this last week. It was $5 and replaces 2 crappy aluminium pans - one gone a couple of weeks ago and another this week.
- 8 Patons patterns from Twitchy Fingers. She found them at her Nanna's op-shop. Very good of her. There was really 21 of them, but the duplicates have been passed down-stream already.
- 25 Patons patterns from eBay. Within the clearly defined collection development plan.
- 2 black t-shirts from the DJs cardholders' sale. These come closest to being my perfect t-top. Black, cotton, long enough to cover bum and not sit flat across the widest part, modest v-neck, 3/4 length sleeves. I can wear them over jeans or under a work outfit, no problem. 25% off.
- 1 yoghurt maker - gift from TSS. I only asked to borrow it but she insisted.
- 1 magazine - also from TSS.
- 1 pair knitting needles (forgot to include these from last week)
- 1 bag of spinning fibre. My first Fibre Club delivery from Ewe Give Me the Knits
- 19 balls pink knitting cotton GIFT
- 1 Shape-o Ball GIFT
- 4 cooking magazines/books GIFT
- 4 vintage cr****t hooks GIFT
- 4 vintage Patons patterns GIFT
- 1 aluminium fry pan. BIN
- 151 dolls ADOPTION
- 37 lots of doll accoutrement - clothes, blankets, furniture etc. GIFT
- 32 odd knitting needles going to a well-known plastics artist along with most of the needles from the fete last week. We wuz robbed on that one TSS. GIFT
NETT OUT 215
It will not be a surprise that after 3 months of this, and with a whopping nett 872 items leaving the house, that I have a little way to go yet. TSS and I will be continuing this personal challenge for the Summer (and I suspect longer).
On the surface we are probably not the best challenge buddies. We unload stuff on each other all the time, but it is welcome stuff that we couldn't leave behind when it suited the other so well. We were doing this before the challenge and will continue to do so. We also act as the Voice of Frugal Reason for each other. We understand the emotional investment in our things, particularly in our collections, and the collections of others over which we have dominion. We encourage and support each other in the evaluation of items and collections, the place they have in our history, hearts and lives. We understand that it takes time and space to let go and that sometimes letting go isn't at all necessary.
To describe this challenge as decluttering is to only understand part of what we've been trying to achieve. A major aim of the challenge was to learn to assess wants versus needs and to be aware of what, how and why we consume.
For me the primary aim is to attempt to overcome the mindset that if I just have enough things, I'll be happy and fulfilled. I want to value and care for the things I have, consume less and be creative with more.Truths learnt/reinforced so far:
- I find it extremely difficult to resist a bargain that is perfect for me or someone I know.
- I am now able to leave the "but it's so cute" stuff behind in op-shops etc. -well, quite often.
- I no longer buy it just because if fits. You'd have to be a very hard to fit person to truly understand how significant this is. When you are only able to buy clothes as say, 3 shops, and you can still only buy one bra in your size and 1 brand of undies, for example, it has been difficult to not buy something just because it fits because it is so rare to find something that does fit even if the colour is terrible, the cut wrong and the fabric mostly man-made. Also, if it almost fits, even if it's only a couple of dollar, it stays in the shop.
- I am sufficiently mature to know and be confident in my own taste.
- I am as addicted to secondhand-shopping as many other people are to retail shopping (dur!)
- this is not a good thing, but it's not the worst thing in the world either and certainly doesn't have the terrible environmental effect of rampant consumerism
- I am better able to assess wants as wants than previously
- I am exploring better and more creative down-stream disposal opportunities
- Accumulation makes me fleetingly happy, but creation and transformation brings me deep satisfaction and even joy
- relationships come before things