Welcome to the Fluff! Here 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.  Digital things such as book, magazines and knitting patterns don't count as my purpose is not so much to control spending (although that's never a bad thing), but to cut down on physical stuff. Some of the numbers aren't very consistent, nor are the size or scales of the items, but I have to remind myself not to be too pedantic!

Latest Update: 21 September

* Print Matter - Books, Mags etc
In:
Given 1 art book
Bought 9 kids' books - wow!  Broke my book No Buy on 16 Feb '17 after 780 days.
1 new songbook
1 large cross stitch magazine
6 travel brochures

Out:
6x books
30x mags, catalogues and brochures

(20 or so ready to go, 3 listed on Amazon)

Balance:
-18

* 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!
Chanel blue, pink, gold and peach lip glosses
3 lippies, 4 blusher shades and 29 eyeshadow shades givwn to a friend.
2 perfumes in the charity bag

Balance:
-45

* Regular Personal Care Items
In:
1x Body Shop eye make up remover
1x Body Shop face wash sample
2x Lush Angels on bare skin facial scrub
1x Boots facial scrub
5x Boots Botanics face wash
3x Lush Oatifix (freebies for returning 5 empties)
1x face mask sachet
7x Lush full sized face creams
2x Lush face cream samples
5x Lush Full of Grace bar
1x Weleda cream
4x lip balm
4x shower gel - regular size
1x shower gel - extra large (750ml)
2x body scrubs
1x Boots deodorant
1x Body Shop almond nail treatment pen
4x Lush Dream Cream
1x Lush peppermint cream
2x 400ml Body Shop body butters
5x shampoo
1x shampoo bar for Go Bag
1x shampoo sample
1x scalp treatment sample
6x hair conditioner (inc 1 small and 1 part bottle passed on to me)
2x conditioner samples
1x hair/scalp balm sample
10x hair colours
4x Superdrug Hair Therapy oil
4x handwash
4x toothpastes - full sized
2x toothpastes - free samples
1x pack tooth flossers
1x Sainsbury's baby powder
1x Boots hair lightener pack

Out (used up):
3x Lush Angels on bare skin facial scrub
2x facewash
1x face wash sample
4x Oatifix mask
1x large sample of Lush Mask of Magnaniminty
3x face mask sachets
11x Lush face cream - full size
2x Lush face cream - sample
5x Full of Grace serum bar
3x lip balm (including 1 lost)
5x shower gel
2x body scrub
1x deodorant
4x Dream Cream
1x Body shop body butter 200ml
1x Body shop body butter 400ml
1x Soap & Glory Body Butter 300ml
5x shampoo
1x shampoo sample
11x hair conditioner
3x conditioner samples
8x hair colours
2x Superdrug Hair Therapy oil
5x handwash
3x toothpaste - full sized
2x toothpaste - sample sized
1x pack tooth flossers
1x Sainsbury's baby powder
1x foot mask sample (forgot about it and so it dried up...!!)
1x Boots hair lightener pack


Balance:
-1

* 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
2x pairs cozy socks
4x pairs of new insoles
1x t-shirt - made from fabric below
5x new white socks
1x glassware pendant necklace
3x pairs tights

Out:
1x pair of specialist shoes returned to shop as unsuitable
1x jacket
3x odd gloves
7x pairs knickers
2x pairs cosy socks
2x pairs old shoes binned
1x broken hair claw
3x pairs tights thrown out
1x pair old socks
1x odd sock
1x headband I never use

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

* Stationery, Art & Paper Crafts Supplies
In:
4x metallic gel pens
1x pack tissue paper for dressmaking
1x A1 sheet of mountboard
1x roll of invisible tape
1x pack of small bulldog clips (for kitchen use)
1x roll duct tape

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
19x D6 envelopes
12 airmail labels (cleared out supply)
4x card blank + envelope
2x sheets stickers
1x roll end of duct tape
2x biro used up

Balance:
- 41

* Needlework Supplies
In:
27x buttons
3x zips
6x packs of Madeira Silks - new colours and a couple that I missed out
4x skeins of DMC Coloris
23x sewing patterns
3m grey/black cotton jersey
3m floral viscose
2m purple ponte roma
2m black ponte roma
0.7m black cotton single jersey
3x small pieces of embroidery type fabric
2x reels black thread
3x packs of machine needles
1x chalk marker pen
jar of buttons from mum (not sure how to number, esp. as I'm numbering both bought and used buttons individually, but I can't face adding about 100 items to the list!)
30x spools/samples/card Kreinik thread (in a gift pack from them) I plan to sell 18 of them.
1x Kreinik metallic threads colour chart
1x Kreinik metallic threads gauge bundle (also won't keep)

Out:
38x buttons
0.7m black cotton single jersey (except scraps)
1x small piece cross stitch fabric
1 reel of overlocker thread
1x snowflake charm
1x zip
3x reels of thread
1x older dress pattern

Balance:
+63

* Yarncraft Supplies
In:
6x 200g balls of James Brett Marble chunky yarn
12x 100g balls of Bonus Chunky yarn
6x Patons Baby So Soft yarn
2x 100g balls of Bamboo Cotton yarn
1x 100g ball of yellow baby yarn
1x Cottonsoft yarn
1x Sirdar Snuggly DK
2x chunky knitting patterns
1 pair 6mm knitting needles
1 pack large cable needles (6mm & 8mm)
4x stitch holders
pack stitch markers
row counter

Out:
4x balls Sirdar snuggly DK (some tiny scraps left)
2x ball end scraps
1x ball Bamboo Cotton yarn
5x balls Bonus Chunky
1x ball Cottonsoft yarn

Balance:
+25

* Miscellaneous
In:
External hard drive
Clover Mini-Iron II
12x display easels for shows etc
Digital camera
Perpetual trophy (i.e. to be returned next year)
Rosette
Cuddly toy a kid gave me!
5x miniature items from fair in April
1x computer mouse

Out:
Perpetual trophy returned
Make up bag
2x old pen drives

Balance:
+19

Overall Balance, Personal Items = +8



* Domestic Items
In:
freezer door flap
cleaning brush thingy for nasal rinse bottle
4x new towels
1x tea towel (gift)
3x klip fresh food boxes

Out:
1x old freezer door flap
1x old, broken heater
4x old towels

Balance:

+4

* Sweets
1x 1kg tub Morrisons Mega Mix
1x 750g tub Sainsburys sweets
2x 100g bag Cadburys Mini Eggs
1x bag Terry's chocolate orange pieces
1x Sainsbury's Free From choc orange bar
2x box Morrison's Orange Thins
1x box Morrison's Mint Thins
1x Mini Moos vegan orange chocolate bar
1x Plamil sugar free mint choc bar
6x Plamil organic choc bars

Bought for me by others
1x Terry's Chocolate Orange
Green & Blacks sample bar pack

Total items: 19 - although some were rather larger than others (and some of the Plamil bars were for baking).

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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