Start your Summer by being grateful

As the Summer season is nearly upon us, we are taking the opportunity to take stock, examine and make changes.

For many this can be somewhat of a painful process. Even though change is truly a part of our lives on a daily basis and on a larger scale, there is still that stigma of change being associated with pain.

This year as we ride out this strained economy the theme for many people is “look at what I already have!”. This can apply to appreciating the family & friends in our lives as well shopping and acquiring more stuff. Here are a few ways that you can kick the Eco-simplicity habit into gear and set the mood for summer 2019 and beyond. And don’t forget, changes don’t have to be painful. They can bring joy as well as inspire you and those around you.

Go with What You Already Have

Each day brings us new opportunities for change, but there is just something about changing of the year that inspires thoughts of bigger changes and new beginnings. As you look around at the latest trends, gadgets and stuff that bombards our daily life, try shifting your approach just a bit.

  • Take stock of what is in your closet, drawers and garage.
  • In the realm of fashion, think about adding a few new accessories like scarves, belts and shoes instead of a whole new wardrobe.
  • Go shopping in your own closet, what have you forgotten about?

So instead of having the mindset of ‘to heck with it’ adopt the attitude of gratitude for what you have. You don’t need to be chasing the illusion of materialism, using loans or credit to reach for goods or items that you just can’t afford at the moment.

More of us than ever are using forms of credit like these. The power of being grateful for what you have allows you to release the illusion of going without or missing out.

Discover the joy of 2nd hand shopping

When I became a parent, I quickly realised the need for new stuff every few months. From clothing to shoes and toys, there always seems to be a need for the next size up. For adults, even though there is no need for a size up (well sometimes) we still have that ad man telling us that we need better, bigger, newer each year or so. If you do opt for the better and newer (because I know we are all human), there is a better way.

  • Find the nearest thrift store in your area or if you’re in the UK simply head for the High-St.
  • Take anything (as long as it is clean) that you haven’t worn used in the past 2 years (or more)
  • Bring it in for credit or cash towards your next purchase.
  • p.s. Kids LOVE getting in on this idea. Plus, it’s great habit to teach them – “stuff must go out before new stuff comes in”.
  • This also helps to avoid dreaded clutter.
  • Thrifty tip: I like going to 2nd hand shops in posher areas, you won’t BELIEVE what some people get rid of and the amazing deals you can find on high quality items.

Don’t Shop Trends

Yes, we would all look amazing in the latest fashion trends. The problem with trends, is that there are new ones every 2 seconds. You spend £30 on that cute top at H&M only to have it go out of style the next day. I’m not knocking H&M at all!! I think there are many wonderful deals there that I have taken advantage of during the years. But I’ve also learned my lesson. I can but ten £30 shirts over the year that may or may not last. OR I can buy less, but better quality classically designed pieces that will last for years (until it is their time to go to consignment).

  • Figure out what is flattering for you (this goes for women AND men).
  • You can take advantage of free personal shoppers at most department stores to guide you through a trip and find out what works for you.
  • Ask a stylish friend whose eye-for-fashion you admire to help you pick out a few key pieces.

Set Up A Friendly Swap

This is one of my favourite things to do. If you are not keen on 2nd hand shopping, set up a friendly clothing and home goods swap.

Invite a group of friends to bring clean, gently used or no longer used clothing and home accessories…you can even trade art and craft supplies; this is such a wonderful way to connect with friends while exchanging things you don’t use for things you will. This is amazing for a group of friends with kids of varying ages. We all know how quickly we go through children’s clothing and shoes.

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