All this is in addition to a few outfits I packed from home for this trip. Space bags help tremendously, but even space bags won’t resolve the issue because of American Airlines’ 50-pound limit for international luggage. I’m not quite sure it can be done, to be honest, and I hope hope hope I don’t have to go out and buy a second suitcase to lug all this home. I traveled with two large, heavy suitcases four years ago when we first moved to China, and it sucked so much that I vowed to always travel with only one suitcase.
Clearly, my OverDrive hold on The Year of Less came available to me at the perfect time. After binge-shopping for the past five weeks, is it really any surprise to me that I’ve amassed so much “stuff” in such a short time? This is my fourth summertime USA shopping binge, so I’m not at all surprised I’ve once again gone way overboard. Last summer, we bought so much that we also had to ship two large moving boxes back to Shanghai.
So starting today, I am officially on Day 1 of my shopping ban! I designed my ban based on ideas from a documentary on Netflix called Minimalists, combined with Flanders’ audiobook and a few minimalist blogs.
Right now, I’m feeling pretty confident in my ability to pull all this off easily, but I am sure I will encounter plenty of challenges. My goal is to post about how it’s going each week. Cait Flanders recommends writing down some rules of what kind of purchasing is and is not allowed, so that will be the focus of my next post. Game on!