Super Amazing Mum asked me to join her linky, and who can say no to her?
I like the idea of a review rather than resolutions, I plan to write my 101 list in 1001, but, see what I did there – it’s a plan – it lives in a bubble in my mind as yet a solid form. So I am happier at the moment to look back at the solid experiences of 2010.
2010 was the one where I de-junked, recycled, downsized, and lived (sort of) frugally.
At the end of 2009 my dear old cat died, sad, but without sounding like an insensitive Cat Bin Woman, it cost me a fortune in vet’s bills. Then the washing machine broke, then the TV, then the microwave and then the kettle. Although, we got some lovely shiny new stuff including a TV with HD (love it). By the end of January the credit card was maxed up and we decided we needed to move house.
It was time for Action (Aka dejunking/downsizing)
I hoard. I have this habit of thinking I may need it later, at some indeterminable point in the future. However, life has taught me a lesson in all this that I never really heeded. In 1999 I gave up my job, sold my flat and packed almost everything I owned into storage and headed to Southern Africa for 3 months (that’s a whole other story). Everything ended up in storage for nearly 2 years, so obviously, I didn’t really need it. Then the storage place caught fire and that was the end of that. What did I miss? One tea chest full of books and photographs.
So I decided to apply this lesson in life again in 2010, because over the past few years I seem to have acquired a house full of stuff, and actually, a lot of it I didn’t really need, and what I didn’t want to do was move it to another house. So in 2010 I decided to be ruthless. If I didn’t wear it or use it, it went.
Over the months, I sorted through, every drawer, every cupboard, every shelf and spent a lot of time in my attic. I was a woman on a mission. I hate throwing stuff away (part of my hoarder freakiness) so that became the last resort. I recycled, gave stuff to friends, charity shops and Ebayed. I had outfits that I’d brought for occasions only to decide at the next occasion I need something new; it all went on Ebay.
Being (sort of) frugal
The credit card bill had to go. Apart from food everything became a luxury. I do love shopping and buying clothes, but I decided unless I really needed it I couldn’t have it. I often spent ages in shops having little conversations in my head in which I talked myself out of; clothes, boots, make-up, accessories, shoes, soft furnishings, etc etc.
No more take-aways or ready meals (did fail a bit on that one). I did meal plans for the week and shopped on line to avoid buying extras. Joined , cheaper than Block Busters or the cinema. We enjoyed home cooked meals and a DVD on the sofa.
Using website (love Martin), I changed the Utilities to something cheaper, sold old mobiles and changed my savings account. I swapped all the light bulbs for low energy but mostly ensured if we are not in the room then lights are off. Used the central heating timer more practically, we no longer heat the whole house if we are just in the living room.
No foreign holiday, 2 weeks in Suffolk instead (which was fabulous). I did splash out on a trip to a Festival but Mr. Noo didn’t come with us, so that saved some money (so less a splash more a puddle).
At the end of 2010, it’s not perfect and many do better than us, but the credit card bill has been paid off and the credit card has been empty for months. I often stare at the card knowing its nakedness and think of lovely clothes and shoes and soft furnishings but then I give myself a slap and get a grip. We have saved money and made money which has gone in an account for the planned house move, and that’s my project for 2011.