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Useless Stuff

To follow-up on last week’s post, We Have Enough, I thought I could put myself through a challenge.

Unlike many women, I genuinely hate shopping. It’s hard for me to understand the excitement my friends feel when they shop. I see this activity as a stress inducer, feeling no pleasure whatsoever in giving my hard-earned cash in exchange for a thing that might eventually end up unused after 3 months.

But I’m an imperfect being, and I do sometimes buy things I eventually don’t use. When I do, it makes me feel guilty, and, at some point, I want to get rid of the useless stuff I bought not so long ago.

We/I easily blame the media for this behaviour, and the marketing strategies they use to create needs. As I believe we always have a choice, I think it’s wrong to blame them for our consumerism habit.

The real reason I sometimes buy stuff I don’t need is my habit of mindless consumerism. I convince myself the thing I’m about to buy is going to make my life so much better. About 95% of the time, it ends up being the opposite. The stuff takes space in my home, in my mind, and robs me of precious time when I need to care for it.

Because I love challenges, and because I want to change this bad habit, I will experiment not buying anything for the month of November 2017. I’ll only buy food, and the essential personal hygiene products I absolutely need. I have enough clothes, kitchen utensils, and all the tools and product I need to care for my home, myself, my motorbikes, and my car.

If I like how the challenge goes, I might extend it to December. I will keep you posted in a short note on my weekly blog post.

Do you think I can make it? Have you ever tried a similar challenge in the past? And would you try it with me this month?

21 thoughts on “Useless Stuff”

  1. Je le fais depuis des années. Ce qui explique que j’ai autant de vieux objets (vêtements, appareils, etc). Même mes appareils photos, je les répare et les garde aussi longtemps qu’ils peuvent servir. On me dit cheap en fait Hahahaha ! Quand vient le temps d’acheter, je me pose toujours la question: “Est-ce vraiment utile ? Je demain je ne l’ai pas, vais-je pouvoir fonctionner pareil ?” 95% du temps le résultat est que je n’achète pas. Ceci me permet également de survivre avec très peu de moyens.

    Même ma voiture a 12+ ans !!! Et je n’ai toujours pas de ‘data’ sur mon service de cellulaire 😉

    Donc, oui, je crois sincèrement que vous pourrez y parvenir. Ce n’est pas si difficile. 2 simples questions 😉

    Quel jolie regard de douceur comme une brume d’hiver qui se lève sur un sol réchauffé, recouvrant l’horizon d’un voile de rêve où les sens se mêlent à la nature de l’être et éveillent le désire du détachement physique dans une élévation des sensations.

    Bonne journée !

    1. Pas cheap, frugal!
      Ma voiture a aussi 12 ans ^.^ mais j’ai du data sur mon cell… ça fait parti de mon travail!

      Merci xx

      1. Quelle belle diplomatie ! Aussi brillant que votre regard ma délicieuse Chloé. Je dois avouer que parfois mon travail serait faciliter avec le data, mais je tiens le coup encore et je résiste 😉

  2. I firmly believe in Susie Orman’s philosophy of “People first, then money, then things.” Personal relationships are the most important parts of life; you need enough money to provide food, shelter and clothing; and accumulating stuff should have a very low priority in a person’s life.
    However, for whatever reasons, most of “civilized” society is focused on things.
    I feel a constant struggle in my own life not to desire things.
    To tie in with one of your previous thoughts, I think the quest for stuff is in direct conflict with the concept of “save the planet”.
    The more stuff we accumulate, the more resources are consumed to produce that stuff and the more stuff gets thrown away.
    But the phrase “thrown away” is actually an oxymoron. There is no “away”. We as a society just take raw materials, change them, then put them in hiding places called landfills. That stuff just sits there, some of it forever.
    Thank you for allowing me to vent.

    1. I like that. People first, then money, then things. I think I’ll add it to my morning mantra!
      Indeed, we’re hiding our trash instead of repurposing it. Creating new shinny things all in the name of profit.

      Vent as much as you want, I enjoy reading smart comments!

  3. I’d be willing to try it with you that’s where I live every month if I go to the store I have a list I don’t stray from this list and choose the necessities. This sadly is how you live on a fixed income also sadly is the reason I can’t afford to join your website love you girl

    1. Brian, I understand perfectly. Believe it or not, I have been poor in my life (poor as in not eating 3 meals a day…). You learn to know what are necessities, and make every penny count. This is good. It’s a learning experience. Once you’ve learned what you had to learn, you must change your money/success beliefs (unless you wish to remain in the current situation).

      Sending you love!

  4. Bonjour,
    Merci pour ce post Chloé.
    Nous voyons bien tous qu’acheter des objets dont nous n’avons que très peu ou pas d’utilité, c’est donner notre argent à quelqu’un que nous ne connaissons pas. Autant le jeter.
    Mieux serai de le donner à quelqu’un qui en a besoin.
    Pour ma part, j’optimise tout le temps mon argent vis à vis des choses. J’aime avoir un excellent rapport coût/utilité pour les objets que je choisis d’acquérir. Le dernier en date, un robot aspirateur. Excellent pour son aide quotidienne. Ma voiture à plus de 10 ans et ne me coute que le gas oil et une vidange. Tant que cela dure…
    A chacun choisir ses objectifs, et il faut savoir que les objets ne sont pas le plus important.

    La sagesse est de savoir que le plus important c’est nous.
    Juste nous. Il faut savoir se mettre à nu sans les objets.
    Merci Miss Chloé
    Bises

    1. C’est ce que je fais aussi habituellement mais il m’arrive parfois de faire des bêtises!
      Moi aussi j’ai une vieille voiture, un Pontiac Vibe 2005! Elle est très fiable et comme toi je mets de l’essence, fais son changement d’huile et change les pneus d’hiver/été 🙂

  5. On the topic of personal items, and maintenance items for your bike etc., consider keeping a bin for empty containers. Only buy replacements for things in the bin. If you use a soap container, throw it in the bin. On shopping day, make a list of the items in the bin as you throw them out. If you want to try something new, something old should come off the list. If you can’t or won’t make a substitution, at least you must make peace with the fact it is an addition, perhaps a frivolous one. I find this is especially helpful for oil cans and fluid cans in the garage, so I always have what I need the next time maintenance is due.

    (I use a similar approach to junk. First calling it junk helps control impulse buying. But if I want to buy something I might use, I consider where in my home it will go, and what is there now that it must replace. No net increase.)

    1. Impressive. I will use the bin for replacement of things. It will work wonderfully for the kitchen as well… Thank you!

      1. I’m glad you found some value in it. I know this will sound corny, but it fits into other parts of our lives as well. If you could note that you have had an hour of meditation, or in the woods, or time on the bike, or any other resource that you need to replenish regularly, and add it to the list of things you need, but have consumed, you can consult the list when you are bored, or out of sorts, and choose to, “replenish” the resource you are in need of the most….. Thank you for sharing, btw, I like the fact you are human. 🙂

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