Let’s just pretend we aren’t already halfway through January already, it’s been a busy month so far okay?
I hope you all had a lovely festive break, I spent my time eating my body weight in Vegan snacks and watching a ridiculous number of cheesy Christmas films. January is here again and everything is back to normal – and to tell you the truth, I’m glad to get back to a routine again.
The beginning of the year always brings an influx of resolution making, goals for the year ahead and everybody talking about what they want to achieve. Nothing beats the chance to start fresh, bring in changes to your life and plan for what you want to achieve over the next 12 months.
Throughout 2018 I feel like I changed quite a lot and my values shifted and the way I live day to day. I said goodbye to dairy and turned Vegan back in June. In July I ditched fast fashion and started shopping more responsibly. I’ve slowly been reducing my plastic consumption and trying to live more ethically. Gradually aiming to live a more conscious, less cluttered and relatively minimalistic life.
Now 2019 has arrived I’ve started contemplating what I want to achieve in the year ahead. Instead of setting the usual New Year Resolutions about reading more books, or losing weight. I thought I’d do something a little differently this year and not talk about what I’m not going to do this year, more specifically what I will no longer be buying in the year 2019.
1. Bath Bombs
This epiphany happened a few nights ago whilst chilling in the bath with a discounted Lush Christmas Pudding bath bomb. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bath bomb from time to time. However, it just dawned on me – what the hell is the point in them? You pay £4-£5 for 60 seconds of enjoyment as they fizz away in your bath. They smell nice, they make your bath a nice colour, then usually fill your tub with glitter that you’ll spend 10 minutes afterwards trying to remove from the bottom of your
For me, they now just seem like an unnecessary purchase and something I could easily live without. A hot bath is just as enjoyable without a bath bomb – and usually quicker too as I always feel I need to sit in the bath longer to ‘get my money’s worth’. So goodbye bath bombs, we’ve had a good run but it’s time to say farewell!
2. Plastic Razors
This is the next area of my bathroom where I still need to reduce plastic. Over recent years I’ve found myself leaning more towards cheap, plastic disposable razors – mostly because women’s razors and razor heads seem 3000 times more expensive than the ones for men. But this ‘convenience’ just isn’t worth the damage I’m causing to save myself a few bucks. So once I’ve used up my stash of plastic disposable razors I’m going to treat myself to a fancy-ass safety razor. I found this one from Ever Wonder store, which was a recommendation from Cruelty-Free Becky – who I highly recommend for anybody interested in a sustainable lifestyle, cruelty-free beauty and thrifty fashion buys.
3. Cosmetics that I haven’t run out of
I wouldn’t say I was a somebody that buys a lot of cosmetics, I have a pretty small make up collection and my skincare fits in one drawer in my bathroom. However I often find myself grabbing odd bits and bobs when I’m out and about that I really don’t need. An eyeliner here, a face mask there – and before I know it I’ve nearly doubled my make up collection.
I’ve decided to set myself a rule of only buying cosmetics when I have run out of them. Not the almost run out when you’ve actually got 3 or 4 weeks left of a product. I mean properly ran out of. No more stock pilling dry shampoo because my current can is feeling a little lightweight – nobody needs 6 cans of dry shampoo on the go.
4. Paperback Fiction
If you’ve seen photographs of my bookcase on my Instagram, you’ll know I have a fairly large collection of books. I’m ashamed to say around 95% of those on my bookshelf are totally unread. However, I still find myself buying books, usually secondhand, even though I have a bookcase full of unread books sat at home. I don’t usually spend a lot on these books, but they’re an unnecessary purchase that I could easily cut back on.
One of my goals for 2019 is to read more books and so far I’m not doing to badly. I’ve recently charged up my kindle again and I purchased a couple of 99p kindle books over the festive period. I’ve made the commitment to myself that in 2019 I won’t buy any paperback fiction, even those I find secondhand – they’re staying in the shop.
I’m not ruling out books completely, but those that I’ll read once and know I’ll not read again will not be entering my home for the next 12 months. Lets hope 2019 is the year I can work my way through some of my stash.
5. ‘New’ Clothing
Through 2018 I started to try and be more mindful on where I was purchasing my clothes from. I said goodbye to shopping fast fashion and made the decision to focus on shopping more ethically.
Now you’ll already know I’m a huge fan of shopping secondhand, charity shopping and hunting out items on Depop is my favourite way to spend my time. However, I was still purchasing new items from reputable brands but I found myself being tempted by the high street again.
I’ve decided to set myself the challenge of ‘not buying new’ – any clothes I purchase in 2019, not including underwear, won’t be new. If I’m after a particular item – for example the Whistles Barrel leg jeans are currently on my lust list. I’m only allowed to buy these secondhand.
I thought this would be an interesting way to see if I can challenge myself to shop differently. I’ve also recently been leaning more towards a capsule wardrobe – and I think this could be a fun challenge to create a capsule wardrobe through secondhand purchases.