Welcome to Towards Simplicity. I blog my goals, especially my reading and studies, and my ongoing downscaling and using up of material stuff and working towards a more minimalist lifestyle.

Ins and Outs 2017

This is my joint shopping and clearing out/using (up) list for the year which I will publish as a blog post on 31 Dec 2017 or 1 Jan 2018, but will be visible here all year whilst in progress.

Latest Update: 15 March

* Print Books (& Mags)
In:
Given 1 art book
Bought 9 kids' books - wow!  Broke my book No Buy on 16 Feb '17 after 780 days.
1 large cross stitch magazine

Out:
1x given away
1x recycled
1x sold

(Finished reading: 7)

Balance:
+8

* Cosmetics and perfumery
In:
Pack of 3 cosmetic sponges
2x Gosh CC Foundation

Out (used up or given away/sold):
Boots Natural Collection tinted moisturiser - finished
Boots No7 CC cream sample - finished
Boots No7 mini liplicious light pink - finished
Boots No7 mini liplicious dark pink - lost, but almost gone anyway
Too Faced light pink palette lip girl in 'Naughty Girl' Quickie Chronicles - finished
e.l.f. eye primer - finished as much as I could bear to - it was useless!

Balance:
-3

* Other Personal Care Items
In:
1x Lush Dream Cream
1x Lush Skin Drink
1x Lush Cosmetic Lad
1x Lush Oatifix (freebie for returning 5 empties)
1x Lush Full of Grace bar
1x Lush Skin's Shangri-La sample
1x Lush Skin's Shangri-la
1x Lush Angels on bare skin
2x 400ml Body Shop body butters
1x 750ml Body Shop shower gel
1x Body Shop almond nail treatment pen
1x Body Shop eye make up remover
1x Body Shop face wash sample
1x Natural Source shower gel
4x hair colours
2x Superdrug Hair Therapy oil
1x handwash
2x toothpastes
1x pack tooth flossers

Out (used up):
2x Cosmetic Lad cream
1x Skin Drink cream
1x Skin's Shangri-la sample
1x Dream Cream
2x Oatifix mask
1x Full of Grace serum bar
1x Lush Angels on bare skin
2x hair conditioner
1x Natural Source shower gel
2x bottles of handwash
3x hair colours
1x Superdrug Hair Therapy oil
1x face wash sample
1x Strawberry face mask sachet
2x toothpaste


Balance:
+4

* Clothes, Shoes, Accessories etc
In:
1x 2 pack large hair claws
1x 5 pack of black knickers
1x Birkenstock sandals
1x cheap and nasty (!) handbag
1x pair Padders Boots
1x pair fingerless gloves
1x pair walking boot trainers

Out:
1x pair of specialist shoes returned to shop as unsuitable
1x jacket
3x odd gloves
6x pairs knickers
2x pairs cosy socks
2x pairs old shoes binned


Balance:
-3
(Items here counted by wearable units. Pack if 5 knickers = 5, but pairs of gloves, shoes etc = 1.)

* Art & Paper Crafts Supplies
In:
None so far

Out:
Used 4 sheets of art paper in ugly colours to make notepad covers
Wad of scrap paper for notebooks, various sizes
Sheet of labels used up

Balance:
-6

* Needlework Supplies
In:
9x buttons
6x packs of Madeira Silks - new colours and a couple that I missed out
2x dress patterns

Out:
6x buttons

Balance:
+11

* Yarncraft Supplies
In:
6x 200g balls of James Brett Marble chunky yarn
6x 100g balls of black Bonus Chunky yarn
1x 50g ball of Bamboo soft yarn (to finish my scarf off)
2x chunky knitting patterns
1 pair 6mm knitting needles
1 pack large cable needles (6mm & 8mm)
4x stitch holders

Out:
1x ball Sirdar snuggly DK
Scrap of 1x ball of Sirdar Snuggly 4 ply
1x ball Bamboo Cotton yarn

Balance:
+19

* Domestic Items
In:
New freezer door flap

Out:
None so far

Balance:
+1

* Miscellaneous
In:
1x roll of duct tape
1x external hard drive

Out:
None so far

Balance:
+2

Overall Balance = +32

* Sweets
1x 1kg tub Morrisons Mega Mix
1x 750g tub Sainsburys sweets
2x 100g bag Cadburys Mini Eggs
1x Sainsbury's Free From choc orange bar

Bought for me by others:
1x Terry's Chocolate Orange

Total items: 6 - although some were rather larger than others!!

Not counted in the ins and outs totals. This category is to keep a limiting eye on confectionery purchases - up to 2 per month being the goal.

© Elizabeth Braun 2017

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