The end of my Nothing New Project seems to be just around the corner now, with only 44 days to go and counting. Just like my one year blog-aversary came around extremely quickly, the end of this challenge has come around quickly, too, and I’m excited that I’ll soon be looking back on the project and what it has meant to me.
I’ve been asking myself lately what I’ll buy at the end of it, since now is the time I think most people would be making a wish list. I know I’ll make a few purchases, but nothing urgent springs to mind that I’ve been desperately hanging out for. This is a little ironic, since there have been a few moments when I’ve thought, damn it, if only I could just buy this! Anything I do end up buying, I know I would have been able to put off if the challenge had lasted longer. One thing I would like is to invest in two of those sticks that pick up rubbish (not sure of the actual name!) to help me and my husband with our street clean-ups, but we’re managing fine without them at the moment. Other than that, I’ll need to think about it.
So, as I sprint towards the Nothing New finish line, let me give you an update on a few items I’ve purchased lately. Interestingly, a few things cropped up all at once in December last year that I’ve needed (or wanted), and I’ve been really proud and excited that I have stayed true to the challenge while buying them.
Let’s take a look:
1. Phone ($0)
This kind of happened as a fortuitous little coincidence. I had been having so much trouble with my phone last year. It was my first and only smartphone, and I had it for five years. Needless to say, five years really dates a mobile, and mine was starting to seriously malfunction. It turns out my brother was upgrading, so he sent me his old one which is still functioning perfectly well. I recruited my tech-savvy hubby to set it up (cue adorable eyelash-batting) and voilà! I know a number of people who have bought a new phone off someone when that person was upgrading to the latest model, so if you’re looking to replace a broken phone with minimal impact, I suggest asking your circle of friends and family around the time a certain company next releases its latest model. 😉
2. Washing Machine ($200)
I groaned when our washing machine went to a better place a few weeks ago and was very reluctant to do anything until I realised I would soon be wearing my underwear inside out unless we took action. Luckily, we found a gentleman locally who restores used washing machines to working order and resells them, recycling any of the scrap metal left over from the process. He gladly accepted our broken one and even gave us a small discount on the new one because of it! As an added bonus, this time we chose a machine with a much better water and energy rating, so I think this turned out to be a great opportunity to lower our household’s resource consumption.
3. Clothes ($47)
I wrote about doing a little secondhand wardrobe revamp in this post, something that wasn’t 100% necessary from a practical perspective but entirely necessary from an emotional perspective. I’m very fortunate to have four awesome thrift stores very close to where I live, and the fact that my shopping spree came in at $50 was awesome!
4. Mop ($9)
The other day during our routine Saturday morning clean of our apartment (which has been cut in half time-wise since we downsized, by the way), our mop spontaneously died, with the head splitting in two. We still had a number of unused attachments for it, so I was keen to buy the same one to replace it. I went on Gumtree and someone happened to be selling the exact same one. When this one eventually breaks as well, I’ll be looking into a more environmentally-friendly option (please hit me with your best sustainable mopping suggestions!) as the pads on this one are made from sponge (read: plastic) and the mop head also from plastic.
5. 2018 Diary ($20)
I first started to wonder what I’d do about a 2018 diary at the very beginning of the challenge, realising that it would end at the start of the year but that February would also be too late for me to purchase a diary. I had been searching on Gumtree for weeks without any success but then just after Christmas, ads started popping up all over the place. It looked like everyone got a ‘Lorna Jane Active Living Diary’ for Christmas but didn’t want one, so now I have one. It’s full of cringey little quotes about green smoothies, workouts and believing in yourself (none of which I have a problem with outside the Lorna Jane context, by the way), but it’s also good quality and has plenty of space for me to fit in my daily schedule and all my crazy scribbled notes and blog post ideas. Score! Apparently they retail for $40, so I think $20 was probably a reasonable price, even though that was much more than I had planned to spend on a diary.
Well, that’s it for now. I was very happy with how easily I found all the items I needed secondhand, and I’m now sure I can get to the end of the project without a single new purchase. Hurrah!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Nothing New on the blog soon. 🙂