So, what we did is got rid of cable, Netflix subscription and right after that we banned our TV-set... Wait, I can still watch some good movies on my Mac, but now we won't just automatically reach for a remote to fill the silence. On the contrary, we enjoy the silence. I spent quite some time going through books in my library and realized how much I missed them, because for the last year I have been mostly reading on my iPhone Kindle app or reader.
I also signed up for a new wardrobe challenge (more about it later) and realized I can sew all eleven items for this challenge with my stash fabrics. I am actually happy I do not have to go to the Garment District to buy more and more... I need to quit fabric buying just for the sake of it.
Of course, couture sewing is not synonymous with simple living, but I can find ways for it to make sense. I won't be sewing lots of garments this year - only what I really need for my lifestyle! And I will focus on quality rather than quantity. I will also limit shopping for garments to a very minimum, buying only what I cannot make myself.
By the way, I got another box full of vintage patterns, which I am going to give away during PatternReview Weekend in New York this May.
I did more... but I won't spend more time describing everything I did because someone is waiting for me to play backgammon with our beautiful Moroccan backgammon set, which we haven't touched for ages.
To say it in one line:
I took a simple living pledge
I pledge to live a simple life through:
- using less;
- learning to be sustainable in all aspects of life;
- slowing down and finding joy in little things;
- reconnecting with my inner self;
- spending more time with my loved ones;
- elevating experiences above possessions.