Spending Freeze: How And Why

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I’m trying something new this year and putting myself on a spending freeze. Wondering what I mean?

Okay, so here’s the thing…I have been decluttering for several years now. It started with me tossing out everything that reminded me of a toxic relationship that I had removed from my life. I loved how fresh and new everything felt. My home had never felt so light and what surprised me the most is that it made such a mental impact too.

Apparently I’ve very sensitive to visual clutter and lots of decor and stuff just sitting in piles makes my heart race a bit out of anxiety.

I’ve realized that all of the things that have slowly left my home in the last few years were at one point money in the bank. Things that I bought on a whim, or felt I just HAD to have as soon as I saw it, as time went on just became clutter. I didn’t NEED any of it.

I’m really appreciative of the few things that made the cut in our home. I think it’s because I either just absolutely love it or because it actually really is useful to me.

I’ve become so aware and grateful that God has blessed my family so abundantly. I want to be a good steward of all that He has given us too. I want to bless other people instead of having crap shoved into every nook and cranny or closet.

So here’s how I’m going to attempt my spending freeze:

I’m not going to buy anything (aside from the obvious things necessary for survival…like groceries and household things we use on a regular basis 😂) unless it is completely worn out and no longer useable. When something actually wears out does it truly need replacing or was just used because it was around? Like, can I really not live without it or is it just a nice to have item? And to make it a bit harder, if something DOES in fact need replaced I want to purchase it secondhand.

In the past I’ve “upgraded” things just for the heck of it and for aesthetic purposes. I’m trying not to do that this year. I want to be grateful for the things that we already have in our home. Not going to lie, I expect that to be the hardest part of this because I like looking at pretty things as much as the next girl.

A note on purchasing secondhand when I do need to replace something…it serves several purposes.

  • It comes with a natural cooling off period. Typically it takes effort to buy used. I have to physically get into my car and head to different thrift shops. And with no guarantee that I’ll actually find what I’m looking for. Add to this a toddler in tow and I’m way less likely to want to go do it. I mean, shopping with a toddler is not my idea of fun. It’s so much easier to just pop online and order something new. This will definitely slow me down a bit.
  • It’s better for my wallet. Generally it’s cheaper to purchase secondhand.
  • Last off, it’s better for the planet too. This goes in line with trying to be a good steward of what God has given us.

The house is under control. I feel satisfied with the amount of things in our home and could probably pare back a bit more in a few areas. We honestly have everything we need and then some. I’m trying to learn to be more content in 2019. Content in what we have, where we live and just love my life in general.

God is so good.

2019 is my year to try to live in the moment instead of wishing for tomorrow. I plan to report back every couple of months on how my spending freeze is going. I’m pretty stoked though!

So, do you want to try a spending freeze with me? Let’s make 2019 a year focused on the important things in our lives and not the stuff!

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