Manage your consumption – the more you consume, the more you have to look after. Think twice before making a purchase.
I love shopping – finding that great bargain, the perfect new thing to add some color to my home, or the deal I just cannot pass up. This is a habit that I think I share with many people, the delicious lure of the new purchase.
The key to changing your buying habit is to find the deeper meaning behind managing your consumption. When we discover what is happening to the things we discard, it changes our outlook. For example, the bales of clothes that are shipped on freighters that are discarded from our non profit clothing stores, or the fact that even though we have a bottle recycling program, only 30% of the bottles make it to recycling.
When you connect with a deeper meaning that you can make a difference by changing your buying habits and managing your consumption, its much easier to develop the new habit. And to get rid of an old habit, fill the void with something new. If you want the excitement of the deal, why not connect with your tribe and find creative ways to re-use, recycle, or re-purpose your items. A few years ago, I was telling my sister how tired I was of my brown dishes. She suggested we trade, so I got a new set of antique white dishes and she took my brown set, it was win-win for both of us.
One of my friends has connected with her deeper meaning and is involved in clothing swaps, buying bulk vs packaged items, and re-purposing furniture. Share your ideas with others, build excitement for the prospect and you will be pleasantly surprised to see how easily managing your consumption can be adopted.