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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Road To Minimalism - Seven Things I Stopped Buying

At the time of writing this post, I’ve been on my minimalist journey for five months. I’ve had great fun deciding what to keep and what items no longer serve me. I’ve discarded the latter, and I still have more than enough ‘things’.  
All I ever expected to achieve from minimalism was a tidier living environment, but to my surprise going minimalist has given me more ‘head-space’ and a quieter mind. My days are no longer taken up with thoughts of what I need to buy or what shoes go with what trousers; instead, I'm thinking about what I can do with all the extra time I have, now that I’m not preoccupied with accumulating stuff. I have more freedom to create and more time to get to know myself.

I’ve noticed a shift in my shopping habits, too. Some things I considered essential don’t concern me anymore. So, here are seven things I haven't or won't be buying in the future. 

Bottled Water. I opened a kitchen cupboard one day and was gobsmacked by how many plastic water bottles we had amassed. We must have spent a fortune buying water, which, in this country, we get free from the tap. I kept two bottles, which I intend to fill with tap water and take on outings, and put the rest out for recycling. The world is swamped in an ocean of plastic. I don’t want to add to the problem so, when the two I have kept for refilling are worn out, I’ll buy a couple of aluminium canisters. Cheaper for me, and better for the environment.

Plastic Disposable Razors.  I don’t know how many of these I get through in a year, but a quick estimate put the figure at around 200. I have a perfectly adequate electric razor, which I have been using for the past three months without any noticeable difference in the smoothness of my skin. Also, I’ll be saving money; I won’t be buying the razors, and I won’t be buying shaving foam, either. The environment will benefit, too. I’ll be consuming less.

Paper Books. I do love reading. However, I read so much that I have nowhere to keep all the books. When I’m finished reading a book, it goes on a shelf to gather dust, or it ends up in a box in the loft. I do have a few textbooks which I’ll be holding on to, but from now on I’ll be buying digital books. That, too, will be better for the environment. Fewer books – fewer trees cut down to feed my reading addiction.   

Fast Fashion. We all like cheap clothes. However, most times cheap does not equal quality. From now on, I’ll be buying clothing which lasts longer, but I’ll be buying less of it. Again, that will be better for the environment and should work out cheaper for me in the long term. I have enough clothes to last me quite some time, so that is one for the future.

Newspapers and Magazines. I don’t buy too many of these anyway, but when I do, I have a quick look through the pages then toss it into a corner. If I want to keep up with the news, a glance at the internet will give me all the information I need. If I want a magazine, I’ll go digital. No newspapers and no magazines will, again, mean fewer trees cut down. 

New Tech Gear. When I go into a shop, I'm immediately drawn to all the shiny new cameras, laptops and mobile phones. I have a good enough camera and a phone, and I will stick with those until they are broken beyond repair.

Special Occasion Clothes. I’m not one for getting dressed up in clothes I don’t feel comfortable wearing. But we are brought up to believe that we need to have special clothes for specific situations and that they are something we need ‘just in case'. Well, I’m not buying into that philosophy anymore. I don’t attend many functions, and if I do have to, I’ll wear what I have in my wardrobe.  

So there they are, seven things I will not, and no longer feel obliged, to buy. I’m sure in a few more months I’ll be able to add to my list.  

What about you? Is there stuff you could do without or would consider not buying anymore? 

You could save yourself a small fortune by making better choices regarding what you do and don’t need. 

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  1. All good ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Valerie

    1. Hi, Valerie. Thank you for commenting. Getting rid of all that unwanted clutter isn't that hard, once you put your mind to it.

  2. good list, I am not buying magazines anymore.

    1. Thank you, Christine. Magazines were a real issue for me. Every time I went to newsagents I would return home with one, which I rarely read. Glad to be rid of them.