Naomi's Experiment: Buy Nothing New in February

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Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 7.18.44 AM One of our most active yerdle members, Naomi, is a busy mother of two in San Francisco. She reached out to us with a neat experiment that she's running with a group of friends in February, and we wanted to share it with you. If you feel inspired by what Naomi is doing, we invite you to join her!

Read Naomi's letter:

Dear friends,

Lately I have been thinking a lot about consumption. I have been thinking that even our San Francisco families that buy healthy & organic groceries, and limit their kid’s screen time, and shop local, and recycle, and compost, and ride their bikes, and do everything right — still consume a lot… I know I do.

I buy stuff here and there and don’t even think about it. I buy toys at Target for my kids, and I buy myself an outfit for a friend’s birthday party, I buy gifts for family and friends, I pick up a little of this and a little of that and I like buying things. It makes me feel good. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment. This particular item will solve x amount of problems. I can cross it off my list and feel totally complete for at least an hour, or two.

But it doesn’t last. It fades away and then another sudden need or want emerges. And the buying cycle starts all over again.

I have this idea that if we can stop buying things for

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a set period of time we can start to really understand how much money we are wasting, how wasteful we are being and how cluttered our homes are.

Let’s try it together. Let’s not buy anything for one month. Of course we can buy groceries and basic necessities like TP and toothpaste….although I would like to see how it feels to use up everything in the house first. Raid that drawer or cupboard in your bathroom with hotel shampoos, and raid your weird backstock of odd items. Use what you have. Just use what you have.

If you have a birthday party to go to maybe you make them a gift, or offer up a service you can provide? Maybe you pick them wildflowers? Bake them cookies? Or say you have an occasion where you need an outfit... Maybe you borrow from a friend? Maybe you trade? Maybe, after you try on a hundred options from your closet and you hate them all you host a clothing swap with the clothes you don’t like. Maybe you wear something you have worn before and switch up the shoes?

But, let’s do this all together and share our experiences! Let’s feel like we are in it together. It will be fun, and new, and it will have a great benefit. We will save money, we will raise our awareness, we be thoughtful about how we use things. Hey, it can’t hurt. And, maybe afterwards we will think twice about that next impulse buy. Maybe our homes will feel less cluttered, or better yet, our minds.

There’s fun resources to support us on our journey...yerdle, craigslist, freecycle, your neighborhood listserv….we are not alone.

Let’s try it for 30 days. I’ll help you. We will help each other.

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