I Dream Of Jean Socks: The Beginning, Part 2

The plan…and some more socks

Ok. So in Part 1 of this story, I shared with you my love of socks, and the idea and inspiration for this blog: making a life change and living the tiny house lifestyle. With this major change was the need get rid of some things in order to fit into my new, tiny life. This would be no easy task, so I needed a plan.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

My mental wheels began turning and I came up with a few ideas. First and foremost, I don’t like waste. Any kind of waste. I reuse and recycle everything and anything that I can, so I knew just throwing things away would not be an option. I’ve donated things regularly to my local charity organizations, and while that is most definitely still an option that I will be using, I wanted to explore some other creative options as well. So I turned to the internet.

There are so many folks out there doing so many great things to reduce and eliminate waste, and I love it. I wish I could name all that I saw (in the future I will take note and list them here on the blog), but since the idea for actually writing this blog came way after I had made my way deep into that rabbit hole, I have no names nor sites to pass along to you. Except one. I came across one of the best blogs and truly the inspiration to get to writing my own. Said blog is REFATIONISTA , penned by the wonderful Jillian Owens. She takes some old and usually hideous $1 thrift finds and turns them into awesome new garments. Not only is her creativity impressive, but her willingness to be open and share some of her personal story is commendable as well. Please do go check her out when you get the chance.

So, back to my socks story (almost there, folks). As I read page after page of Jillian’s refations (I was seriously hooked and read 3 years worth of posts in 2 days!), I was reminded of myself and how I love, love, LOVE recreating old things into new, as well as what I call “double duty” items (ie an ottoman that opens up for storage space). So how does this tie into my plan? Well, the first part of my plan is to not bring in new things to the existing house that I don’t absolutely need and will not be used right away. To say it another way, don’t bring in things that will need to be stored somewhere. Seems simple enough, right? Well…I have a bit of a problem. I love new things. New things are exciting, and interesting, and…well…new. I have a tendency to get bored easily and like to change things up, and the easiest fix for that is, you guessed it, new stuff. So I figure the best way to continue get my “new stuff” fix and still be able to work towards moving into my new tiny house life (and use my creative juices) is by making my old stuff new. Yay! My plan is starting to come together.

Rest assured, there’s more to this plan. As difficult as it’s going to be to resist bringing in new stuff, I have to do more. Part 2 of the plan coming up next. But first…

You may be Batman, but I'm Wonder Woman!

You may be Batman, but I’m Wonder Woman!

Let me get out my cape. This is going to be a job for Wonder Woman!

(Still not “the” socks. Soon, I promise)

Until next time,

Maila

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