8 Responses to “Simplicity in Action: Aly’s Story”


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  1. Aly,
    Your story hits a nerve. I’d love to share my new journey with my mother who kept break the cycle of buying more. I won’t share too much of her story. I will say that I hope by example she will be inspired. On my way to your site now.

    Courtney, thanks so much for the series.

  2. Thank you, LaTonya. It has been a blessing to share this journey with someone so close to me, and having that support. I hope your mother will be inspired by your journey and join you, :)

  3. Hi Aly,

    I like your method of making yourself wait before buying something on a whim. That strategy helps when we have a perceived emergency as well. Most of the “emergencies” we have in life can actually be solved in a less expensive manner if we just take the time to think through the options and not jump at the first solution.

    Looking forward to checking out your site. Cheers!

    Ree ~ I blog at EscapingDodge.com

    • Hi Ree –

      That’s a good point. I know I’ve had my fair share of “emergencies” that just turned out to be me overreacting to the situation at hand. If we take the time to just breathe and approach the situation in a calm manner, many times the “emergency” is just someone overreacting and it can be solved with a less pricey solution.

      Checking out your website now! :)

  4. Aly, thank you for sharing your story. We too have found that rarely, if ever, is there an item that must be purchased at that very moment. Walking out of the store, or – better yet – never walking in, often means we have to make a real effort to get back and make the purchase. Instead of breaking the spending habit, perhaps it is more “positive” to create a habit of not spending. What fun that you and your mom are doing it together!

    • Hi Tammy –

      That’s exactly what we’ve started to do now. We rarely go into stores now unless we absolutely know there’s something we need inside. No more “window shopping” or “browsing.” It’s get-in, get-out, and get-going. Definitely helps keeping money where it belongs, and has significantly helped our savings. :)

  5. Oh what a lovely story. I am so happy that this is something you have done with your mother. I know that my journey to a simpler life came from questioning purchases just as you described. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  6. We de-stashed after a major series of moves 10 years ago, but then it became all too easy for my husband and I to fall back into old habits. We have just moved again, the destashing is ever more rigorous now as we have 500 less sq feet. My closet space is 1/3 of what I used to have. So, at last, I said goodbye to the last of my good designer work clothes. I had held onto them of course hoping to lose weight so they would fit again, but also as a hope that perhaps the neurological problems and pain that I deal with daily would calm down enough for me to work outside of my studio at least part time. But if this has not happened in 10 years, it is not going to happen. I folded each blouse, each suit, slacks, even a few dress shoes into boxes and bags. I was surprised how I felt. First off, a bit foolish and selfish for holding on to this clothing so long, and really happy with the knowledge that someone who needs a classy plus size work wardrobe is going to find some fabulous bargains at Goodwill!

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