Home wares is another area where I purchase(d) a lot but I didn´t feel any temptation this year as I knew I would be moving half way through, let´s see how I fare with this in the second half of the year!
I had bought a new phone and computer about a year before embarking on this challenge, and since my previous computer and phone were about 5 years old, I wasn´t expecting much temptation on this front, I also own a projector, a point and shoot camera, a hair straightener (which I believe I have used one this year) a hair dryer which I left in Ireland, none of these things I consider essential, and if any of them did break, I would probably just (even next year) share or look for a second hand one (phone).
I was already getting books from charity shops and book exchanges, haven´t bought a CD since the year 2000 and been watching movies on the internet, so no issues there.
There are a few souvenirs I would have liked to buy from south America, like a hammock, but all in all the few pieces I picked up from flea markets are perhaps more authentic than store bought souvenirs, and I was always a bit skeptical about the need for a lot of my purchases after i took them home. This hat for example, currently lives on top of the TV and hasn´t been used as a sun hat since the way home from the trip it was bought on in 2014 (and probably only then because that was the easiest way to carry it).
So that was the original plan for 2016, 100% success so far (except for the race t-shirt, medal etc...but I have already given my excuses for that in a previous blog post) but before the year had started I extended the challenge to no packaging, the success rate in that category is not as good as above:
I was originally planning to make one long blog post, but because of technical difficulties (chunks of text disappearing) I have decided to split it into installments.