30 days without want


For a while now I have been wanting to do a project I am calling “30 Days without Want.”  The basic principles is this:

I already have 90% of what I want and 100% of what I need and that’s fabulous.

So why do I keep spending money on things that I don’t need, and in the end, could do without anyway? (Read: why the hell do I have so much random stuff?)

Couldn’t my time and money be better spent?

Hence the project, which began roughly on August 19 of this year.  I say “roughly” because I didn’t actually plan a start date.  I  had the project in mind for a while one day (which I am about to tell you about) I remembered it, and it felt right.

The Day:

I got a new classroom. It couldn’t have come at a better time. This summer break seemed to fly by and it seemed that school was upon me well before I was ready for it. I spent most of the summer doing my best to dodge work emails and phone calls and only showed up for the mandatory meetings, all the while DREADING the idea of starting a new school year.

I couldn’t quite figure out why I wasn’t getting into the groove, starting to get jazzed up about new notebooks and boxes of perfect crayons and newly sharpened pencils.  I still don’t know exactly what the problem was, except that I was having none of it.

Which brings me August 19. The day after my birthday. I show up at school only to be told I’ve been “moved.” Continuing with my cloudy mood, I was sure that this was going to be bad news. 

As it turned out, I was wrong. My new room is at least 3 times the size of my old one  with a sink/kitchen area (no stove!!), a closet with large, roomy shelves, plenty of bookcases, and a WINDOW. Wow. After a couple of years of being in a shoebox, well, I couldn’t help but stretch out my arms and twirl around a bit…just because I could.

My back-to-school mood improved dramatically in about 30 seconds! Suddenly I was having visions of book baskets and incentive charts and reading nooks and all the wonderful details that go into making a classroom. 

But at the same time, somewhere in my subconscious I must have been thinking about how lucky I felt…and how this room was so much more than enough.

And so I decided that even though I have a brand new room to decorate and organize, I am not going to max out my credit card at the Dollar tree or anything like that.  I am only going to use what I have on hand or what I can make or salvage. 

And why not take it all the way, right?

Here’s my personal plan:

1. bring my lunch everyday

2. eat breakfast at home

3. no more craft supplies for the next 30 days…use up my stash

4. only new classroom supplies that I can beg/borrow/make/salvage

And that’s it. I’ll keep you posted. I wish I had pictures to show you, but my camera charger is MIA.

Next time.



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