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Maintaining Minimalism – tips to keep going

Maintaining Minimalism – tips to keep going.  I’m over 3/4 through buying nothing for a year and now, it feels normal. Like shops are for other people and things are meant to be used until they fall to bits. Joy is found in eating fresh food, grown from the garden; in a sunrise, in a… Read More Maintaining Minimalism – tips to keep going

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It’s all about the outlook

It’s all about the outlook  Over the past few months, I felt an inkling that something was wrong with my minimalism journey. Buying nothing this year was taking its toll and I had started to notice the lack of ‘things’ in my life. I felt like I was living through a hardship, a test, a… Read More It’s all about the outlook

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#buynothing2015… buying nothing for a year, month 9!

Buying nothing for a year… Month 9 update   Woah. It’s 9 months since I started this challenge of buying nothing for a year. 9 MONTHS! Wow!  With only a quarter of the year left, my thought are turning to next year and the lessons I’ve learned from this journey over 2015. I have to… Read More #buynothing2015… buying nothing for a year, month 9!

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#buynothing2015: Halfway

It’s halfway through 2015’s challenge to buy nothing new for a year. And truthfully, that’s come around pretty quickly. The plan for #buynothing2015 was by now to have miraculously learned to sew and mend, to be growing a lot of my own vegetables, be cycling to work every day and generally be an ethical superhero.… Read More #buynothing2015: Halfway

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How Buying Nothing Changes Your Life

How buying nothing changes your life How do we make ourselves feel better? I’m guessing the majority of answers today would focus on some kind of treat- a new pair of shoes, a haircut, a new book, a shopping trip. I was exactly the same-until I decided to buy nothing for a year. I was… Read More How Buying Nothing Changes Your Life

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#buynothing2015: the hurdles and turning a corner

It’s nearly the end of March. Wow, that time has flown. The year is a quarter of the way through, and I’m just now settling in to the comfortable stage of buying nothing. The Hurdles I’m not going to lie. Far from being the rose-tinted experience I thought it would be, this year so far… Read More #buynothing2015: the hurdles and turning a corner

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So, I bought a car…when buying nothing gets hard

My little humbug car broke down. Of course he did, with my buying nothing challenge this year. At the back of my mind I think I knew it’d happen, but still, when the engine failed and the suspension snapped in half, it was a wave of frustration that washed over me. I’d planned on finding… Read More So, I bought a car…when buying nothing gets hard

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One Empty Wallet 2015: ground rules

Buy nothing 2015: the ground rules 2015 is drawing nearer and I’ve had a brilliant, relaxed, cosy Christmas full of family, friends and log fires. The year’s winding down and I’m looking forward to next year with excitement. I’ve so much planned for life, OneEmptyShelf, and just for myself that I can’t wait. And of… Read More One Empty Wallet 2015: ground rules

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One Empty Wallet 2015: Deciding what to keep

Deciding what to keep So, I’m jumping off the consumer train once again in 2015. Fancy joining me? You can read what happened the first time I bought nothing for a year right here…and here. Winter is here and Christmas is drawing close and my year of buying nothing is fast approaching. I absolutely can’t… Read More One Empty Wallet 2015: Deciding what to keep

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One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015

  One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015 A few years ago, I bought nothing for an entire year. At first it was easy, but by the end of the year, with holes in my shoes and after walking out of my job, the concept of buying… Read More One Empty Wallet Round 2: why I’m repeating my year of buying nothing in 2015