I read a really great book this week called The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. I devoured it in a day and I highly recommend it! The book is about Cait’s journey and personal growth as she embarks on a year long shopping ban.
So I started to think, what would a year of no shopping look like for me? What would I ordinarily buy throughout the course of a year and how much of that did I feel good about having purchased? I decided to add up what I spend in the last 12 months and the numbers weren’t pretty. I spent $853.69 on scrapbooking supplies and stationery. What?!! That’s crazy and way more than I expected.
I’ve decided to be more intentional about the next 12 months of purchases and try my own shopping ban. From 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019 I’m only going to buy things that are on the approved list – a concept I’ll touch on more below. It’s going to be pretty tough. But I think it’ll be good for me as well. The idea certainly isn’t to deprive me of supplies, it’s more to stop me mindlessly buying things I don’t really need right now so that I only end up with things I really love and I actually use them!
Cait had an approved list of things she knew she needed at the start of the year and was “allowed” to buy without breaking the shopping ban. Cait’s list was short, mine is less so… but that’s okay with me. I thought I would share the part of my approved list that pertains to crafty goodies to keep me accountable.
The approved list:
- Page protectors
- One digital scrapbook purchase per month once my SBTM subscription ends*
- December Daily supplies (max $20)
- 2019 Bullet journal
- 2019 December daily album
- 2019 planner inserts
- An acrylic word for OLW
*I have an annual subscription to Ali Edward’s Stories by the Month kit. The subscription ends in December and after that I won’t be renewing. Not because I don’t love the kits (because I really do!) but because I don’t want to end up with more product than I can realistically use.
Everything else is going to have to come from my existing stash. My stash at the moment isn’t huge but I would like to use up some of the supplies I’ve been hoarding for ages. I’ve decided to exclude online classes from the shopping ban because although they can sometimes be expensive, I really value them and think that they help my creativity greatly!
I’m planning on doing quarterly updates on what I buy throughout the year and reflect on whether I’m making more or less having less supplies coming through the door.
I’d love to hear if anyone else has read Cait’s book and considered doing a shopping ban or thought about the amount of craft supplies they buy each year.