For days 2 and 3 of the Year of Less challenge you are supposed to get rid of your reliance on paper products. Thankfully it is not too extreme and we are talking about paper towels and napkins. While I am not committing to complete austerity it did have me rethink my use of paper dining serviettes as opposed to cloth and rags for cleaning instead of paper towel. I decided since there are just two of us that having 14 table napkins once a week would not add much to a weekly washload. I know these will be cheap at the thrift as people have gotten away from cloth as too much hassle.
The next challenge is to get rid of cloth. Hhm. In simplifying our wardrobes we take the strain out of dressing. This is something I do on a regular basis and Josh does too by insisting on growing at an alarming rate! Who authorized that? Like many woman I have the three wardrobes, the oversized, the fits right now but nothing goes together and the “In a few more pounds I’ll fit in and really it was a fabulous deal” clothes. I realized in doing this that I need to zero in on the “fits me right now” clothes and see what I actually had and what made a real outfit. It wasn’t long before I figured out that my coordinated outfits incorporated pieces from all three size groups. What I am really wearing is rather limited. On my last vacation I had on the same dress in almost every photo. It was like someone just moved the backdrop while I stood in place. My challenge for tonight (and probably tomorrow) is to take out my entire wardrobe and only put back the outfits that are seasonal, fit and are match with something. The oversized and undersized will be boxed with dates on them. If a year goes by and they aren’t opened then they go to the thrift sight unseen (OK in truth I’d wash them first as the thrift deserves the best we can give. The rule is to not pass on what you wouldn’t wear yourself if it fit.)
In order to facilitate this I will resort to a tempting box of butter chicken and jasmine rice for dinner. I’ll make a carrot salad with raisins and sunflower seeds on the side. I’ll defrost some raspberries and blueberries to serve over frozen yogurt for dessert. Simple and it will let me get back to saying, “What the heck am I doing with a sequined halter and a bubble skirt?”.
Expenses: food – $4.81, school fees for art -$30. Polysporin for infected scratches from picking blackberries -$6, returned broken sunglasses and didn’t buy new ones +$11.20.