My Mission to Stop Buying New For One Year: Part 1

My Mission to Stop Buying New For One Year: Part 1

We live in a time where we have more than enough. That’s not a surprise to us – we’re not afraid to admit we have too much stuff.

Most of the time, that stuff can’t even be seen. We put it under our beds or up in the attic or, a lot of the time, rent a storage unit.

We don’t need it all, we just… want it to be tucked away “in case we do.”



Did you know that 1 in 10 Americans has a storage unit? According to the Self Storage Association, “…with more than seven square feet for every man, woman and child, it’s now “physically possible that every American could stand — all at the same time — under the total canopy of self-storage roofing.”’


The question of how isn’t even necessary. We are all keenly aware of how this happens.

Christmases, birthdays, mom’s toys when she was a kid, grandma’s Knickknacks she doesn’t even care about anymore, the stuff we buy and never use… the list is endless. 

The idea of each new year makes us excited for all possibilities of what could be and the idea of “newness” sets in, making our tabula rasa clean once again.

No, the question is why: why do we have so much stuff? Instead of getting rid of some of it, why do we have to buy more storage space to manage it?

This video from Constantly Curious by Ted Ed is a great animated representation of what is going on inside of us when it comes to our possessions and the way we perceive newness. 

And let me say, this decision is not coming from a place of never buying new again.

There are certain items we choose to buy new (I say choose because everyone has a choice in what they choose to buy or not buy new. To each his own!):

  • RV products
  • General toiletries
  • Underwear
  • Etc. 

I’m going to try to be as creative as possible during this time. Not by buying a used toothbrush of course, ah! But maybe there are some creative approaches to re-using I haven’t thought of yet. 

Beyond making this decision for myself, I’d like to encourage you to do the same: stop buying new for one year.

Before you roll your eyes or think to yourself “well, that’s just not possible for me,” really think about it. 

What items can you start buying used instead of new? 

Keep track of your progress. I’ll update you if you update me *wink*! 

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