It’s been over 18 months since my last post and a lot has changed. I relocated back to Germany, finished studying, started a career in a very different direction than anticipated and… sort of settled.
Well, I didn’t buy a house, am neither married nor pregnant. So maybe it’s more appropriate to say: I temporarily stopped constantly moving around. But I have a job that I go to every morning, have my name on a doorbell and even bought some furniture (!!!). Which brings me to the issue.
Living in an apartment rather than out of a small suitcase means I have cupboards and a wardrobe. And they seem to be magically filling up. Slowly but steadily they are becoming fuller and fuller. And it scares me.
Having lived away from ‘home’ (read: Munich) for over 5 years I also completely forgot that I still had so much stuff in storage and so when I came back with my belongings from overseas, I realized how much shit (pardon my French) I’ve actually accumulated. And freaked out.
The bursting wardrobe shelves and my humongous 24-piece tea collection (yeah…I know) have since become representative of everything I’ve always been advocating against: consumerism and wasteful living. And I realized I’m not practicing what I preach.So I made a pact with myself at the start of this year:
Be more conscious about what and how much I consume.
Now it’s been two months since the year started and I just bought another pack of tea yesterday – bringing my collection to a total of 25 different varieties…To be completely frank: I’ve lost track of my vision.
So when a dear friend of mine published a post on Facebook inviting to a sustainability challenge over lent, I snapped into action mode. It’s time to have a closer look at the things I am buying, the things I already have and the things I am throwing out. This sounds like a big quest and it certainly is. But, hey, everyone loves a challenge.
The three part action plan
1. What I am buying
Yes the overall aim is to buy as little as possible. But one has to eat and live. So, here are a few things I will endeavor:
- Quality over quantity: buy local and organic where possible
- Start growing my own veg on my balcony starting in spring
- Don’t buy any new clothes, if at all go for second-hand
2. What I already have
First, I will start drinking those 347 tea bags I have sitting in my cupboards. And then:
- Use up all the leftover staples I have lying around before buying anything new
- Do a big spring clean of my wardrobe and say goodbye to clothes I forgot even existed
- Stop buying magazines or books before having read the ones I have
- Sell what I don’t need
3. What I am throwing out
This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time:
- Go plastic free – capsicum doesn’t need to be wrapped in 3 layers of plastic. Especially not when it’s organic
- Become more serious about composting
- Re-use things – this means I will get to drink at least 694 cups of tea this year. Exciting stuff.
Alright, now that I have laid the ground rules it’s time to get cracking. I will certainly keep you updated about the mission. Another post about my favorite part of the quest: living plastic free is already in the making!
Until then – Happy thrifty recycling! – Johanna