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.  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.

Latest Update: 15 May

* 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

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

(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 lip gloss


* Other Personal Care Items
2x Lush Dream Cream
1x Lush Skin Drink
2x Lush Cosmetic Lad
2x Lush Oatifix (freebies for returning 5 empties)
2x Lush Full of Grace bar
1x Lush Skin's Shangri-La sample
1x Lush Skin's Shangri-la
1x Lush Magical Moringa sample
1x Lush Angels on bare skin
2x 400ml Body Shop body butters
1x 750ml Body Shop shower gel
1x Boots deodorant
1x Body Shop almond nail treatment pen
1x Body Shop eye make up remover
1x Body Shop face wash sample
5x Boots Botanics face wash
1x Natural Source shower gel
4x hair colours
2x Superdrug Hair Therapy oil
1x handwash
2x toothpastes
1x pack tooth flossers
1x Superdrug Colour Pro-Vitamin shampoo
2x Superdrug Pro-Vitamin conditioner
1x Sainsbury's baby powder
1x Faith in Nature Jojoba shampoo
1x Faith in Nature Jojoba conditioner
1x Faith in Nature Peppermint shower gel

Out (used up):
3x Cosmetic Lad cream
1x Skin Drink cream
1x Skin's Shangri-la sample
1x Magical Moringa sample
2x Dream Cream
3x Oatifix mask
1x very generous sample of Lush Mask of Magnaniminty
2x Full of Grace serum bar
1x Lush Angels on bare skin
2x facewash
5x hair conditioner
2x Original Source shower gel
1x Soap and Glory Orangeasm body scrub
2x bottles of handwash
1x Body shop body butter
4x hair colours
1x Superdrug Hair Therapy oil
1x face wash sample
2x face mask sachets
2x toothpaste
1x Morrisons baby shampoo
1x Creightons Argan shampoo
1x Sainsbury's baby powder
1x lip balm


* 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

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

* Stationery, Art & Paper Crafts Supplies
None so far

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)

- 30

* Needlework Supplies
14x buttons
6x packs of Madeira Silks - new colours and a couple that I missed out
20x 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
7x machine needles (1 pack of 5 stretch, and 1 each stretch and regular twins)
1x chalk marker pen

10x 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
1x 50g ball of Bamboo soft yarn (to finish my scarf off)
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

1x 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
New 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

None so far


Overall Balance = +37

* 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 so far in April and lost 5lbs in as many weeks! :)

© Elizabeth Braun 2017

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