One of my goals this year is to get rid of the "stuff" that's been accumulating in our house. We are not crazy cluttered, or even near Hoarders status by far, but it seems we've gotten a fair amount of stuff that's been shoved in a closet or cabinet or drawer and forgotten about. And we seem to keep getting more.
When we first moved into our house, we bought nothing that wasn't necessary. We had just bought the house, Gus was four months old, I was no longer working, and my husband had gotten a new job which came with a big pay cut. We were renovating the house on our own and we did nothing that we didn't have to do- we didn't get cable, we didn't go out to eat, we didn't do extra shopping. We just didn't allow for any little extras. And now that it's several years later and we aren't in such conditions, we've let those rules lax a little. It's not a bad thing, but over time has brought us some additional "stuff" around the house.
For the month of February I'm planning on doing a spending freeze on all non-necessary items. No looking at awesome sale clothes for the kids online, no little extras that the kids do not need. We have plenty of stuff to read and eat and wear, so it's a good time to take on this challenge and see what else we really don't need. It's going to be cutting those trips to stores that have no immediate purpose, like the grocery store, and also not wandering off in the likes of Walmart and Target. Hopefully this will save me from buying yet another neutral sweater that I really don't need.
Have you ever taken on a spending freeze? How did it go? Any advice you can pass on? Does anyone else feel like they need to try this? Anyone else have 1000 neutral-colored sweaters?
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