Being sick has made this monthly challenge pretty dang easy. We haven't been tempted to buy a whole lot because we've been cuddled up to the TV/each other/a roll of toilet paper. But I have noted a few different outcomes of this challenge.
The first, and most unexpected, is that I feel silly about putting some purchases off. Like the furnace filter, a new swimsuit, a compost pail. I can be really hesitant to buy things because I feel like I can just make do with what we have and to be honest, I have anxiety about buying stuff because I'm afraid I'll buy the wrong thing then regret it. But when things need to be replaced, I should just do it already and be done with it. Because this month we're stuck with stinky compost on the counter and tonight we'll be going to the YMCA and I'll be swimming with Beckett in two piece swimsuit that has a dangerously low amount of elastic left when really, my post-baby body is in need of a nice, snug one piece. The furnace filter? That's just ridiculous. Who has anxiety about purchasing a furnace filter?
The second outcome of this little challenge is that I realize "window shop" online a lot. Now that I've told myself I can't do it, I realize that the I do it compulsorily. And, as mentioned before, I don't actually buy very much stuff online. In the future, when I decide I need to get something (new swimsuit, for example), I'm going to make it a mission. And although I know that I will be probably spend an inordinate amount of time searching for it, at least it won't be aimless internet wandering that makes me feel bad about my current wardrobe.
That leads me to the last outcome: with the exception of a few things that are driving me nuts, (can you guess what one of those things are?), I'm finding that I'm actually happier with the stuff we have. I haven't spent the month constantly searching for the perfect rug on Craigslist, and you know, I actually like our rug.
It's been a good challenge, but you can bet your ass that I'm ordering a swimsuit the day this challenge is over. I'm thinking this one. (Obviously, I have cheated to post this picture, but who cares? I make the rules.)