One of the suggestions for the minimalism challenge I've been doing (a little hit & miss) this month is: Evaluate Your Last 5 Purchases.
I haven't done it yet. I'm going to do it now, in real-time, because that's just the sort of exciting thing I'm sure you all need on a Sunday morning.
Dinner with Friends (1/27/18): $72 for only my portion - totally worth it, as the food was excellent, the wine was on point, and the flourless chocolate cake (while dense) hit the spot for a gluten-free girl who often has to forgo restaurant desserts. I loved all of the other three women I shared the meal with. The restaurant had that soft sort of glow and decor that makes one feel as if she might (just might) be back in Paris and Fitzgerald might walk through the door, and if one is very lucky Zelda will be with him.
Calendar for the Kitchen (1/26/18): $7.99 at TJ Maxx - a great find. It's colorful and dripping in watercolor, sort of a knock-off Anthropologie find. Our kitchen is all whites and grays and touches of antique gold, so that pop of color will be cheerful. While I realize TJ Maxx can be a real sink-hole in terms of budgeting, this is a purchase that yields zero buyer's remorse.
Candle for the Kitchen (1/26/18): $6.99 at TJ Maxx - I could have done without this one. I've been burning the same candle all winter, which my husband loves and several guests to our home have commented on. The scent is Sandalwood Myrrh, so it's not too sweet. It's a great fall/winter scent, but now that spring is around the corner and the holidays are over, I'd rather go for a new, lighter scent. My heart isn't broken over it, though. I'm not lying on my bed, one arm over my forehead, wondering how I'm going to pull myself out of this financial mess (that's happened before), but I wish I'd held off. I have a certain amount of weird anxiety about stockpiling things, lest I not be able to find them in the future. Sandalwood Myrrh candles fall into this anxiety. Oh well.
Small Kitchen Whisk (1/25/18): $4.99 at TJ Maxx (oh dear...do I live at TJ Maxx?). I've used this gem countless times in the past week. My older whisk had basically rotted out and become useless. I'd had it at least a decade. This new whisk is all light and rust-free. Best $5 I've spent in years.
Hot Water Heater (1/25/18): $160 on Amazon. My husband bought this after I complained about how long it takes our hot water to get hot. We have a tankless hot water heater, and while I love the availability of hot water, I cannot stand how long it takes for the water to get hot. I counted the other day. In my bathroom, to simply wash my face, I waited 11 minutes for the water to get hot, and I was running water in both sinks at the same time (as suggested by my husband). I have wasted so much water since we moved in, waiting for it to heat to a reasonable temperature. I've finally just started washing my face with ice-cold water (not as bad as one might think). But, when I complained, my husband got on it. He's a man of action. He installed the hot water heater under the sink last night and boom: hot water in seconds, readers. Not minutes.
That's it; those are my last 5 purchases.
Oddly, I feel uneasy only about the hot water heater. I wonder if it's over-the-top to need hot water on demand, within seconds. Am I being a big baby? Was I really worried about wasting water or just impatient and demanding?
I don't think evaluating one's last 5 purchases is life-changing or anything like that, but I do believe that sitting down and thinking (and writing) about these mundane aspects of our lives help put things in perspective and help us pause and reflect, habits I find so often missing in my daily life.
What are your last 5 purchases? If you pause and reflect, are you happy with them? Is there a pattern or trend you don't like seeing? Or are you basically killing it with money and purchases and waste not/want not?
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. It's raining here, which normally fills me with dread and anxiety. Today, however, post-dinner with the ladies and a small hunk of flourless chocolate cake still waiting for me in the take-out container, I am satisfied and happily tackling chores.