This week, as we start to (hopefully) see some milder weather in the UK, it’s been back to the decluttering. In the post-Christmas sort out, I’ve been making inroads into the untidiness that is my son’s bedroom. Sorting through books, clothes and toys that he’s outgrown; it strikes me that it doesn’t take quite as long as expected … partly because we’re bringing less things into the house than we were at this point last year. I started thinking again about things that we no longer buy; and these are just five more things to add to the list.
Products that promise to be healthier, more nutritious or vitamin laden – as I walked round the supermarket yesterday, it struck me that there were several products I no longer buy. Usually with gimmicky, boastful labels – drinks and squashes that contain “real fruit juice”; sweets that contain “real fruit” and foods that contain “less fat”. Yet, if you follow the news, our children (and some of the adult population) have never been so unhealthy/overweight. I try to keep things simple. If I want something to contain real fruit then I’ll buy a piece of fresh fruit; or if I want it to contain less fat, then I’ll choose regular foods/staples that aren’t sugar laden. Similarly if I want a treat, I’ll buy a treat!
Multi-size snack or biscuit packs – the more I buy, the more my family eats. So those 24 packs of crisps and large biscuit packs are gone in favour of smaller, regular packs. If we run out, we run out. There’s bread in the freezer and fruit on the counter top, so no-one is going to go hungry. Packed lunches? I buy enough snacks for the week and we make them last. A bonus is that it saves me a few pennies, too.
Every little toy craze going – I used to be terrible for giving in, and coughing up, when my kids wanted the latest toy craze. The loom bands, the fidget spinners, the football cards….but we’re getting to the stage where they’re realising, with a little negotiation, that they don’t need every toy going. We missed the recent “squishies” craze and no-one felt left out. After always worrying that my kids would be the ONLY ones without such toys, and that they’d feel left out, it was a relief to find out that they really weren’t that bothered. And I’m not left with a load of plastic junk to dispose of 🙂
Single-use kitchen items – Here I’m thinking of all those gadgety/gimmicky items that profess to make our lives easier, yet instead often spend most of the time languishing at the back of our kitchen cupboards. Sandwich toasters, knife sets (with multiple knives for different purposes). spiralisers, bread makers, chip makers – most of these aren’t really needed if you’ve got the time to learn some new skills, an oven and a good-quality kitchen knife.
Free things – So not really things that you buy; but all the same they’re things that you bring into your home that can take up so much valuable space. Here I’m thinking about leaflets that get pushed into your hands on the street, samples proffered to you in stores, multiple take away sauces on those occasions you need to eat on the run. The free pens you get at the bank and the free greetings cards sent to you in the post by charities who want you to donate to their cause. The free store magazine shoved into your bag with your food shop or the free gift bags/samples received with your online order. Some of these are easy to forego…some might take an email or two. But I’m working on it.
So there you have it … five more things that I no longer buy. I wonder what’s on your list? Are there purchases you regularly avoid making or perhaps you enjoy receiving free samples so you can try before you buy. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section below.
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