Autobiography/Biography

The Year of Less: how I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store by Cait Flanders

Cait is a binge consumer. She challenged herself, over several years, to give up certain things she was addicted to. The first was alcohol. She is an alcoholic and would frequently have alcoholic blackouts. After trying several times, she finally kicked the habit. After that, finding herself with $30,000 in credit card debt, she set about to pay off all of her debt. She did this partly by going on a shopping ban for a year. She would not buy anything but consumables (food and toiletries), things that needed replacing, travel, and gifts for others. At the same time, she decided to downsize and get rid of 70% of her belongings, keeping only those things that she loved and that she regularly used. She accomplished those things, too, and kept those practices up.
I found the book inspiring, and plan to adopt some of things she did. The first thing I’ve decided to try is to discard 2 things for every new thing I purchase. I would love to decrease my belongings by 50%, so I’ll also be evaluating what I need and use, and what I just store.
She’s a bit young and it shows, but she had some great ideas, determination, and success.

~Laurie

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