Things are so much clearer when you actively write about something you intend to do, even if it’s embedded in your subconscious. Once it’s out and about, you feel clarity in what you’re doing and you “know” what you’re doing. What you’re committed to do.
For this case, I’ve been ensuring that everytime I’m asked whether I need a bag, I take a moment to reflect on whether I NEED and in most cases, I really don’t. So I reply with a no to them.
That’s the easy bit done, always reviewing on your bag situation when asked, but when people assume you want a bag and start packing it, it’s frustrating on both ends to stop them from doing it. Nonetheless, that’s not going to stop me from saying no to shopping bags, previously I was doing it passively, now I need to actively stop them from doing it, you get used to it, some people are confused on why you want them to take it back out and some are more than happy to save a plastic bag. Nonetheless the goal is to reduce the amount of bags used.
I’ve also began selectively buying dvds and games too. Reading an article about a guy who threw away all his boxes made me review my current dvd collection, it’s pretty big. So keeping things digital will hopefully help me reduce clutter on my bookshelf. Avoiding films I wouldn’t watch or games I wouldn’t play is the key. It does get tough when they are super cheap. I might look into doing rentals. I really need to escape this desire to hoard and collect things. Even innocently buying a dvd will ensure that the future I’ll be questioning why I’ve bought it and only watched it once.
Anyway, dvd will most likely be another 43things, but then again that’s not a clear goal since you can’t really measure it (like this one)