All my life, I've been a hoarder of pretty things. My dad half-jokingly calls my mom and I squirrels. I'm always getting beautiful notebooks, special candles and the like - and then saving them for a "special occasion". Only, there never is a special occasion (because when you're depressed, it's pretty easy to see every day as worthless) and I just end up having all these lovely things in storage and then buying extra, cheaper items to actually use. Sound familiar?
So one of the things I decided to focus on for my birthday resolutions last year was to actually use the things I have. Rather than letting them gather dust in preparation for some future special occasion, I was going to use them in my everyday and show them some love. (This also fitted in with my Project Pan exercise that started at the same time.) So, for the last year, and for the future, this is what I have been doing.
I'm using the beautiful notebooks I've bought and that I've gotten as gifts as daily scrapbook-journals. Now they get filled with memories, with photos, with written musings and with love. (PS let me know if you'd be interested in a post or two on scrapbook journalling)
I burn my favourite candles every week. At bath time, shower time, dinner time, bed time - any time is improved by candlelight and pretty scents.
I use my favourite wine glasses, tea cups and the rest. Why use boring mugs while your pretty chinaware sits at the back of the cupboard? Why use the wine-festival freebie glasses when the elegant ones you got as a gift make you feel like a fancy grownup? Yes, sometimes they break. But you know what? Things break when they get used. And things are meant to be used.
The pretty makeup with the too-beautiful-to-touch packaging? That's my everyday eyeshadow or blush. Because now I smile every time I reach for it. (And remember: makeup goes off! You need to use it before it does!) (The same goes for perfume!)
The fancy Lush soap that costs so much more than ordinary soap but smells amazing? Wash your hands with it every day. The pretty bath bombs or fancy bath oils or shower gels? You guessed it.
Wear the good lingerie. Wear the cute pajamas. Wear the shoes that make you feel powerful or the dress that you always get compliments on. And donate or throw out anything in your wardrobe that doesn't fit, is uncomfortable or just doesn't make you feel good when you wear it.
Don't save things for potential future special occasions. We only have one life on this Earth. Make your everyday special.
PS Images are from Death to the Stock Photo