First, congrats to Amanda!Â I’ve sent you an email.
Regarding some of the comments:
I actually, um, like to declutter.Â And I can be ruthless.Â Our house is small, so everything needs to be in its place, or else it’d be total chaos.Â Freecycle, Goodwill or other charities & Craigslist are great if you want to give stuff away.Â Just putting stuff on the sidewalk works too.Â I’ve sold various things on eBay and yarn, books & magazines directly to other knitters on Ravelry.Â Hardest thing for me to get rid of:Â crafting supplies.Â I know I don’t really want to do cross stitch again, but I have all that embroidery floss….I tell myself I’ll use it for embroidering my knitting.
I go shopping only when I’m looking for a particular item — I don’t view shopping as a fun activity, in and of itself (unless, of course, it’s a yarn or antique store).Â I find, if you don’t see something, you don’t want it.Â Catalogs, sales flyers, etc etc go directly into the recycling bin.Â Â (Despite various remove-me-from-your-junk-mail-list attempts, we still get some junk mail.)
I’m not nearly as organized with our meals as I’d like to be.Â This is a bit surprising, considering how much I like to research, plan & organize things.Â We have cut back a lot on eating out & ordering take out, which is good.Â I really should get into the habit of planning out at least a week’s worth of meals though.
Yes, Real Simple mag in general drives me nuts.Â Of course no one is going to tell you to buy less in a magazine or magazine article — magazine revenue, I think, is achieved primarily through advertising, not subscribers.Â Even Natural Home doesn’t emphasize reducing and reusing as much as I think it should.
I’ve read & re-read Getting a Life — it is very good & inspirational.
Books & yarn are the hardest things for me to cut back on.
I’ve always been a frequent library user.Â Since Dave drives past the library to & from work, he usually picks up (& drops off) my library books for me.Â All the people at the checkout counter at that particular branch know him.Â Â Apparently there’s only one other person who checks out more books than me, and she’s a mom getting books to read to her kids.Â I make great use of the online hold system — put a title on hold, choose what branch to pick it up at, and they email you when it’s there & can be picked up.Â Even so, I generally run out of library books to read before the next library run occurs.Â Also, the library doesn’t get all the trashy Urban Fantasy books I eat up like chocolate.Â I’m trying to cut back on the latter, or at least get them used at a local used bookstore, or, worst case, get them at Amazon with a 4-for-3 deal or at Borders with a 30% off coupon.Â (In my defense, I do re-read most of my books.)
Yarn:Â well, my new “rule” is no more yarn til I’ve gone through most of my stash. I don’t even want to know about Sundara LE postings, or the next Fiberphile shop update.Â (Back to the ‘if I don’t see it I don’t want it’ rule.)
- local yarn purchased on a farm or farmer’s market visit especially if I’m on vacation (and especially if the ranchers open just for us!)
- sale yarn so incredibly cheap AND that I can use right away for this year’s Christmas presentsÂ (well, this just happened last week, and I don’t expect it to happen again, because I’m avoiding just going to yarn stores to browse, even if there is a sale, but this time was an exception because mom-in-law Rosemary was interested in going too, and….sigh.Â $1/ball.Â Angora.Â Jamieson’s Spindrift.Â Kidsilk Haze.Â More.)