Learning to say no

One thing I’ve noticed about my family is that I tend to be the one who puts the most things on the calendar, in spite of the fact that I abhor leaving the house most of the time. I am the one who has the highest expectations for what we will be able to getContinue reading “Learning to say no”

You should really stop shopping! Part Two: Why do you shop?

Please tell me I am not the only person who does this! I will be in the middle of something. Folding the laundry on the dining room table, for example, or putting away stray coats that ended up on the floor in the front hall, or working diligently on editing a novel, when suddenly, andContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part Two: Why do you shop?”

A Time for Everything

I am a coveter, which is a weird admission to make. But I say it with all the seriousness of a person who might say, “I am an alcoholic,” or “I am a sex addict” or “I am a binge eater” (which I am, and is germane to the topic.) I made a decision inContinue reading “A Time for Everything”

Tutu Mania

Wednesday in France is called “le jour des enfants.” Traditionally, kids don’t have school on Wednesdays, or if the do it is only for a half day. Wednesday is the day for extracurriculars: in our house, it is Circus School for a little scalawag and Music School for the big. I don’t exactly know why,Continue reading “Tutu Mania”

The Suitcase Method

Itty bitty preamble: I started a Facebook group for people who want to stop shopping. If you struggle with this (hey, it’s hard!) or have some helpful experience in this, you are welcome to join!! In my several years-long attempt to reduce the amount of stuff I own, my closet has been the area inContinue reading “The Suitcase Method”

Saying Thank You and Goodbye

Only fourteen days into my challenge I have to make a tough, tough, tough decision. I have a favorite t-shirt. I inherited it from my mother-in-law, who had put it in a pile of clothes she was going to donate to the Salvation Army two years ago at Christmas time. I loved the color: aContinue reading “Saying Thank You and Goodbye”

Challenge Accepted

So here we are. I have made a decision to purchase no clothes in 2021. Not “no new clothes”, which could leave an opening to go thrifting. I mean: nothing new for which I exchange money is to enter my closet. I am hovering between thinking that this is the most frivolous and privileged kindContinue reading “Challenge Accepted”