Having spent the year to date on maternity leave, and facing the prospect of an imminent return to work at a wall cupboard 'office' in the bedroom as Titch takes over more and more of the flat, I have become increasingly preoccupied with living lightly.
I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that my child-of-the-80s penchant for retail therapy provides a short lived high with a whopping double-whammy downside of taking up even more precious space in our small flat while further dwindling my already ravaged bank account!
So I'm doing a bit of reading (online and in library books, naturally!) and trying to learn some new habits. I need to find my thrills in ways that don't cost money or, ideally, add to the general morass in the flat even as I spend hours trying to de-clutter.
Current reading includes The Happiness Project, India Knight's The Thrift Book and The Moneysaving Expert site. I'm looking forward to comparing and contrasting their tips to find a plan that works for me and my lifestyle, then putting it into practice. I expect - perhaps obviously - to have a multi-strand approach that essentially boils down to:
- Declutter... and sell what I can to make some extra cash.
- Stop spending on unnecessary desireables! A ridiculously big challenge for me, online spending is a particular weakness so I need something else to fill the gap.
- Shop smarter on essentials.
- Increase my income. Other than the selling side of the decluttering project, this is probably the biggest challenge given my job and small boy. I have some initial ideas which I will share as and when they become a bit less nebulous.
I thought posting some of my plans and progress here might be a good way to keep me honest. Are you feeling a similar need to rationalise life? Have you already been there, done that, got loads of tips? I'd love to hear them!
Meanwhile, I'll keep you posted. Wish me luck!