Hello Dear Reader,
British TV viewers will see 47 advertisements a day and then you will hear advertisements on the radio. They do everything they can to convince you that you need something, that you deserve something. Holiday adverts that suggest time on holiday with children is precious when actually any time with children is worthwhile as is time with loved ones. By the time we've watched it all, we could be lead to believe that our skin will fall off without certain moisturisers, our eyes will stop functioning unless we douse them in a fine misty spray, that we need toothpaste that lets us crunch ice cubes and that we need three new sofas from DFS every year (about as long as they last). In fact, we all need tools delivered by the next working day, that a swoosh of light is delivering stuff around the Olympic village and that insurance is better because a rat pisses in your pocket!
I'm going to suggest a very deep cleanse, the fiscal version of a soapy enema! Make the decision that tomorrow is the day you stop accumulating, that you get rid of stuff and you avoid buying. To do this, stop carrying any means of buying any of this. Take a deep breath and stop buying lifestyle magazines, gardening magazines and dare I say craft magazines. You don't need any more fabric until you've used what you have and you've turned the clothes that will never fit you again into quilts, cushion, chair covers and dusters. Take those ridiculous high heels to the charity shop and you are never going to wear that coat again, so take it to the hospice shop. Don't go shopping and that includes banning yourself from online window shopping and the only thing you're advised to do on ebay is sell stuff! You need food, a roof over your head, a few basic essentials and very little else. Stuff does not make us happy; love, friends, family and contentment does.
There is so little that we actually need and so much that we can go without.
Make sure that you come home every day, empty handed!
Love Froogs xxxx