OK, not mantras exactly, but choose just one of these “R” words to hang your hat on for the new year. Like mantras, they’re easy to remember, and can kick start a new habit for a simpler, greener, year to help you live with less stuff and more fun!
This year, resolve to:
- REFUSE free stuff when it’s offered to you. I’m looking at you, cheapo pen from an insurance company or bank.
- REDUCE the amount of stuff in your home, whether through a one room at a time decluttering cleanse, or an all out minimalist mission like the one Marie Kondo expouts on her bestselling book, “The Magic of Tidying Up”.
- REPAIR one item now, while it’s still repairable, before it has to be tossed and replaced. I’m taking my boots to the Gear Fix tomorrow!
- REUSE your coffee cup, water bottle or shopping bag – whichever one you MOST need to be reminded about and results in the most waste.
- RECYCLE old electronics, like phones and cords, that are cluttering up a drawer in your house, then Find A Recycler for your stuff.
- RENEW your library books! No need to keep buying books that you read once and fill up your shelves, just get them from the library! They even have e-books, and you can download free songs every week through Freegal.
- RENT things that you don’t plan on using very often, or just trying something out to see if you like it. (truck, tools, outdoor gear, etc!) This idea can also apply to buying used items from a thrift store or consignment shop. Buy it cheap, use it for the event/experience you need it for, then resell or donate it again.
- REARRANGE your living space as you start the new year. It freshens things up, helps you see your space and stuff differently, and curbs the desire to buy new stuff. Enlist a friend to help!
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