As all the New Year resolutions have rolled out, everyone is juicing their food and trying to live clean I decided this year instead of any resolutions I was going to give myself a challenge for the whole year because it's simply the type of challenge that cannot be done overnight and will take time.
When it's come to living I have always swayed towards a more sustainable and ethical choices although these can be hard when we live in an age of instant gratification and disposable goods. The thing is I have always preferred to spend my hard earned money on experiences rather than stuff but when you go from living as one person to two then three then four things quickly change and suddenly you find yourself surrounding by so much stuff that at times you actually feel like your drowning in a plastic sea of toys, useless baby items and beauty products that are never going to get rid of those dark sleep deprived circles.
Of course in life we need to replace things as well as allow for our passions to be fed, happiness is individual and is different for each person, often it goes beyond the basics when it comes to things you love such as music, clothing, films etc so I don't intend to cut our my passions but I have decided that THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR I GET RID OF 50% OF EVERYTHING I OWN.
There are many reasons for this but mainly because I have always lived by the ethos of Less is More and I know that decluttering, streamlining and simplifying my life will have a massive positive effect on our household. I don't however just want to walk around the house with a black bag throwing random things into it and adding more waste to a landfill. Instead I want to take it a little slower and focus on ways to share what I have, donate it to charity shops, upcycle it for a new purpose, sell some of it and donate a portion of what I sell to charity.
Of course during the duration of the year I will be making essential purchases as well as replacing some of things I have and supporting slow fashion and ethical brands but what I do purchase I am going to real ask myself if I need it, what purpose it brings to my life and it is something that is well made, going to last and is sustainable. I am excited about where this may lead me, I know that the process is not going to be as easy as one would initially think, letting go may be hard but I'm up for the challenge and what will be left behind will be all the things I really love.