How’s your 2017 going? And what about those resolutions?
I’ve been ruthlessly decluttering and clearing our space in the process of carrying out my own resolution of adultizing our apartment. It’s amazing how stuff can just gather up in the back of a closet or in the bottom drawer of a dresser and more surprisingly, how much a 600 square foot apartment can really hold! We’ve donated multiple garbage bags worth of clothes and household items but every time I declutter I somehow manage to come out with a couple more bags to donate or throw out.
The reason I’ve discovered is that while I’m good at buying things I don’t need, I still buy things that I think I need.
It’s pretty easy to confuse the two but it’s like needing salt to flavour your food, yet thinking you need gourmet salt that costs three times as much and only makes your food taste marginally better. That’s the difference between needing something and thinking you need something.
I’ve identified the common culprits that take up unnecessary space in our home and have made a promise to myself not to purchase these items at all this year. So in the process of minimizing our belongings I’ll also be saving money. Isn’t that just fabulous?
I’m a sucker for a good cookbook; I just love looking at photos of food and discovering new dishes. But the truth is that I’ve only made a handful of recipes from these books and rely way more on the ones I find online at AllRecipes.com to satisfy my culinary itch. So I’ll be sticking to my digital recipes and salivating over food photography from my favourite Instagrammers.
2. Food storage containers
Our Tupperware containers have a tendency to disappear just like socks in a dryer and I feel like we’re constantly buying new ones every year to replace the ones we’ve lost. Then I saw someone use a yogurt container for his homemade chilli and thought about all the yogurt containers I’ve thrown in the recycling when I could’ve reused them for food storage. Same goes for takeout containers, cream cheese containers, jars from our raspberry jam, anything that’s basically washable. No more spending money on Tupperware that’s eventually going to go M.I.A.
3. Salad dressing
I started making my own salad dressing and can’t go back to pre-packed dressing anymore. I’ve made my own Caesar salad dressing and it is soooo easy and so bomb with real anchovy fillets, like this is what a Caesar salad is supposed to taste like. Give me a lemon and olive oil over Kraft any day.
4. Face masks
Why pay for a honey face mask when you can literally just slab honey on your face? Both will give you great results at very different price points. I can make my own homemade face mask using simple ingredients I already have like brown sugar, oatmeal, and yogurt. You can really create a face mask using anything and this mega list of 52 homemade face mask recipes is proof.
5. Shaving cream
Hair conditioner makes a fine shaving cream and leaves your legs feeling super smooth. I have a few bottles of drugstore conditioner that didn’t work all that well on my hair so I started using them for body hair removal, being repurposed for another use instead of collecting dust in our bathroom.
6. Extra of pretty much anything
I’m going to own one tube of mascara until it’s done and I have to buy a new one. We’ll have one bottle of laundry detergent in our home until it’s empty at which point we’ll go out to replace it. And really, who needs more than one ladle in a household of two? Purchasing for instant consumption will help decrease the amount of things you have to store in your home and helps prevent buying stuff you think you’ll need in the future, but having it expire before you get to it or never ending up using at all.
Are you boycotting any purchases this year?