If you want more time, freedom, and energy, start saying no.
-Be More With Less
"Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want." Anna LappeThere are so many reasons for each person as to why we purchase more than we need. Sometimes the root of the action is being tired, not planning, or filling a hole we have. Everyone is different. I have been wanting/not wanting to put myself on a spending freeze. So I've been contemplating it for a while. For me it means not spending outside of my budget and mostly not making unplanned purchases. It sounds so easy. But it's not easy for me. I do feel these actions of decrapifying and a spending freeze go hand in hand.
Lent, is a time to enter into the dark places within our souls. We are invited to allow the Holy Spirit to search us and to know our hearts. We call attention to the things that bind us up from living out the reality of the Kingdom of God and attempt to starve them. In a nation of affluence and values that often corrupts the beauty of the cross, sometimes our gluttonous lives need to have a time to experience a hint of starvation.
Many aspects of my life contributed to my feeling of hurry. Time might seem to be a very separate issue from possessions, for example, but I'd noticed that after I tackled clutter, not only did our apartment seem more spacious and organized, I also felt less hurried, because I could find and stow things easily. Having more order in my cabinets and closets made me feel as though I had more time in my day. Instead of scrabbling away at high shelves in search of a flashlight, or jamming the heating pad into some odd corner, I had a place for everything, with nothing superfluous in my way, which gave me a feeling of unhurriedness and mastery of the space around me. - Gretchen Rubin in Happier At Home