Finally my no spend year is over. 12 whole months of not buying anything I wanted or needed (on a number of occasions). I did slip up on occasion (all of those slip ups are here) mainly new house purchase related, but for the most part feel I achieved my goal. Today I want to share with you what I found out over those 12 months, and no it was not that I will never spend again, hahah!
What I didn’t buy
The first thing I discovered, quite quickly, is that I am addicted to all things interior and beauty products. Interiors I would have guessed, but beauty products I never really noticed I have an addiction to buying. Needless to say I just spent an entire year without having to buy a single thing. I lasted 12 months, and will probably last half way into next year without buying any cleansers, toners, moisturisers, body wash, shampoo…..I most definitely have a problem! Noticing this was a good thing for me and in future I will be more aware so on that front, total win!
With regards to interiors, one of my plans was to list everything I wanted during the 12 month period to see if there were patterns to what I bought and also if over the period I simply wanted less. As above, the interiors addiction was apparent very quickly. Rather than wanting clothes, 90% of what I wanted was for my home. The homeware I wanted did not really reduce over the period, but it may be in part due to buying a new home and wanting to make it look exactly as I want.
When it comes to clothes there were a number of things I wanted during the year, the hot summer was a particular problem. Turns out I own clothes for 12 degree heat or 30 degree heat. Some thinner and slightly less revealing clothing would have been wonderful in the hot summer we just had. That aside, most other things were particular trends which I liked and would probably have been done with now anyway. There is certainly not a single thing which I am left thinking, “I wish I had bought that”.
What I will be buying in January
When I first started this journey I presumed on 1st January 2019 I would be off out to buy all the things, but I have not. The one thing I did buy was a new diary, I am still very much a paper girl. I needed new Toms as both pairs I have are full of holes, so they are on order. Other than that, I actually wont be in a rush to buy anything. Apart from tights, I do need to go buy tights.
During the last week I have been shopping a couple of times to try and get some new clothes, but I just cant buy anything. Nothing is perfect and I just cant bring myself to buy anything that I don’t totally love. This is huge for me. Previously I would have bought the things I liked a bit. I really hope to keep feeling this way as it is 100% a change in me for the better!
People are often giving away what you need
Previously I have never been one to buy anything from second hand places online, but I have bought a fair few things over the past 12 months. I have even had some great freebies, the huge monstera in my living room is one of them! It is always worth looking on local Facebook pages, gumtree or asking friends for things before you go out and buy. Who knows what others are giving away!
How have I changed
This is where this experience has been invaluable to me. I have changed so much as a person in the last 12 months. My focus is no longer on the things I need or want and is instead on what I am doing and can enjoy. While I have never really been very materialistic I am not at all now. I do not care what I look like or what others think. If I want to wear something I wear it. If I want to do something, I do it. So many people are caught up in keeping up with the Jonses on social media and this past 12 months has totally opened my eyes to it. Sure, I was aware of it before, but when you bow out of commercialism you REALLY notice it. I feel really good about where I am now.
So basically after 12 months, I don’t feel I need to consume. After a self inflicted 12 month ban, I can, but actually don’t want to. My desire to purchase has been stifled. The need to buy because I want it is all but gone and now I ask mself do I really need this and will I wear/use it for the forseaable. The last 12 months have been so much more than I hoped for, I have really changed and it is 1000% for the better. If you are on the fence, give it a go. Honestly it may change your life for good!