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 (I'm OK there), but to cut down on physical stuff. Some of the numbers aren't very consistent, but I have to remind myself not to be too pedantic!

Latest Update: 24 June

* Print Books (& Mags)
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
4x travel brochures

2x given away
1x recycled
1x sold
6x magazines/brochures I'd been hanging on to recycled

(20 or so ready to go, 1 more listed on Amazon)

(Finished reading: 7)


* Cosmetics and perfumery
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
(38 individual colours ready to go!)


* Other Personal Care Items
1x Body Shop eye make up remover
1x Body Shop face wash sample
2x Lush Angels on bare skin facial scrub
5x Boots Botanics face wash
3x Lush Oatifix (freebies for returning 5 empties)
1x face mask sachet
6x Lush full sized face creams
2x Lush face cream samples
3x Lush Full of Grace bar
1x 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
3x Lush Dream Cream
2x 400ml Body Shop body butters
2x shampoo
1x shampoo bar for Go Bag
5x hair conditioner (inc 1 small and 1 part bottle passed on to me)
1x hair/scalp balm sample
6x hair colours
2x Superdrug Hair Therapy oil
2x handwash
3x toothpastes - full sized
2x toothpastes - free samples
1x pack tooth flossers
1x Sainsbury's baby powder

Out (used up):
2x Lush Angels on bare skin facial scrub
2x facewash
1x face wash sample
3x Oatifix mask
1x large sample of Lush Mask of Magnaniminty
2x face mask sachets
7x Lush face cream - full size
2x Lush face cream - sample
3x Full of Grace serum bar
2x lip balm
4x shower gel
1x body scrub
3x Dream Cream
1x Body shop body butter 200ml
1x Body shop body butter 400ml
2x shampoo
9x hair conditioner
5x hair colours
2x Superdrug Hair Therapy oil
3x handwash
3x toothpaste - full sized
2x toothpaste - sample sized
1x Sainsbury's baby powder


* Clothes, Shoes, Accessories etc
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
2x pairs of new insoles
1x t-shirt - made from fabric below

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
1x broken hair claw

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

* Stationery, Art & Paper Crafts Supplies
4x metallic gel pens
1x pack tissue paper for dressmaking

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
12x D6 envelopes
12 airmail labels (cleared out supply)
3x card blank + envelope
2x sheets stickers

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* Needlework Supplies
15x buttons
6x packs of Madeira Silks - new colours and a couple that I missed out
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
2x reels black thread
1x pack of 5 stretch machine needles, and 1 each stretch and regular twin needles
1x chalk marker pen
jar of buttons from mum (not sure how to number...)

14x buttons
0.7m black cotton single jersey (except scraps)


* Yarncraft Supplies
6x 200g balls of James Brett Marble chunky yarn
6x 100g balls of black Bonus Chunky yarn
2x 50g ball of Bamboo soft 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

4x ball Sirdar snuggly DK
Scrap of 1x ball of Sirdar Snuggly 4 ply
1x ball Bamboo Cotton yarn
4x ball black Bonus Chunky


* Domestic Items
freezer door flap
cleaning brush thingy for nasal rinse bottle

None so far


* Miscellaneous
1x roll of duct tape
1x external hard drive
1x Clover Mini-Iron II

1x old roll duct tape


Overall Balance = +28
Goal for the year: -100

* 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
1x box Morrison's Orange Thins
1x Mini Moos vegan orange chocolate bar
1x Plamil sugar free mint choc bar

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

Total items: 9 - 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. Forgot and bought a 3rd in March! None in April and lost 5lbs in as many weeks! :) None bought in May, weight loss about 7/8lbs.

© Elizabeth Braun 2017

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