After the busy holiday season filled with food, lots of decor and gifts, it’s nice to take a breath and simplify. So, while some people are focused on Dry January, I am working on Buy Nothing January. Ok, it’s not exactly “buy nothing”. I still need to buy groceries and toilet paper – the necessities. And that’s what I am going to stick to – only the things I (and my family) absolutely need. This is a great exercise because not only do you save money and reduce the amount of clutter you bring into your home, you will also realize how easy it is to say no. “No” to the things you don’t even really want or need. If you want to join me this month, here are a few tips to help you succeed:
1. Unsubscribe to emails
The January sales will continue all month long. Just hit “Unsubscribe” so you won’t be tempted. You can always sign up again next month.
2. Stay out of “trigger” stores
You know what stores I’m talking about. You go in for the few items you need and walk out with a lot more – items you never knew you wanted! If you have to go in, stick to your list and stay out of the aisles that you know are too enticing to resist.
3. Use what you have
Have a freezer and pantry “clean out” month! Eat everything up so you can start the new year with a clean fridge and fresh food.
“The easiest way to declutter your stuff is to avoid bringing it home in the first place” from “Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.
Let me know how you are doing throughout the month! And follow me on Instagram where I will give updates on my own progress and other tips.