My mom emailed me about this story she’d seen online of a woman who hadn’t bought anything new for five years. I was intrigued and had to go check it out. Here’s a snippet of the article:
Katy Wolk-Stanley, 44, of the website The Non-Consumer Advocate, is on a mission to live on less — and not define herself by purchases. Here, the Portland, Ore., writer and mother of two shares her thoughts on why she decided to “de-clutter” her life:
I am a woman who hasn’t bought anything new in five years. But it’s actually not as black-and-white an issue as it seems at first. I do buy some things new, including:
- Underwear, socks and bras
- Personal care items (makeup, etc.)
- Harmonicas (I haven’t felt the need to buy one yet, but you never know when the mood might strike!)
It may sound like a pain in the tuchus to stay away from new purchases (an initiative I call “the compact”), but it’s actually turned into an amazing stress reliever. Not because I’ve replaced my new purchases with used stuff, but mostly because I hardly ever buy anything anymore. And when I started to buy less stuff, it made me want less in other areas of my life as well. (It’s funny how once you start examining one area of your life, other areas hop along for the ride.)
While I don’t think I want to make a commitment to never buy anything new, reading and watching this was an inspiration to me. And Kathrynne (7) and I had a fun discussion on how long we thought we could go without buying anything new. We bought thought we could for sure do a month, maybe more.
What about you? How long do you think you could go without buying anything new?