One year after becoming a minimalist and I can already see the changes around me, especially in my wallet! So here are 10 things I stopped buying:
After studying journalism and doing a few internships at Fashion at lifestyle magazines, I learned all about the production of these. I was fascinated by the design, copy, photography, etc. So, as you can imagine, I bought a lot of magazines and my collection was very extensive. I even had a wall in my room covered with Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Elle best designed and unique covers. After joining the minimalism journey, I quickly notice how much of a waste of paper this was and how much space it would take in my home. And let’s not even talk about all the dust it collects! I’ve started reading the online versions and I might borrow magazines from friends sometimes, but once read, I immediately pass it over to the next person.
Clothes for special occasions
It’s not the first time I mention this on the blog. Buying a specific dress for a specific event is a waste of your money unless it’s a dress that you can adapt and use it more often. We tend to spend a lot of money on outfits for special days and go to Primark for the clothes we use on a daily basis. Shouldn’t we invest our money and taste in something we wear every day and needs to be of a higher quality than a dress that is worn maybe once or twice, and then spends the rest of its life in our wardrobe?
One word, Netflix. And yes, I do complain about the fact that they don’t have all the shows and series I want to watch and if this happens, there are so many other online platforms where you can watch it. Just like magazines, you watch a film once, maybe twice if it’s really good and then, why keep the DVD at home? To collect more dust? Or so you can spend more money on IKEA furniture to have the space to keep these?
The same as above, just a different word – Spotify.
Loads of pairs of shoes
I only need one pair of shoes for each type – a pair of high heels, a pair of sneakers, a pair of boots… and you get the point. I used to have a huge collection of sandals, for example, one of each colour so I could match with different dresses. I ended up just buying a neutral colour and now it matches everything. I’ve also made sure, the quality of these was very good so they last longer and I’m comfortable at all times.
House decoration items
Plants, candles and photos decorate my home and create a very cosy feeling. All of these items have a purpose – the plants filter the air inside the flat and make us closer to nature, the candles replace the artificial light from lamps and give the flat a lovely smell at any time of the day, and the photos remind us of all the good times and good people we have around us, even when we had the most stressful day. That’s why I don’t feel the need to buy decoration pieces that don’t serve a purpose. Because for me “just looks good” is not a purpose.
I’ll be soon writing a post on the blog about my natural home-made cleaning products. You’ll be saving on plastic, money and you’ll have a chemical free home. It will also save a lot of space in your house because you’ll already have the ingredients at home. You just need to mix them.
I have only 3 at home. One for our bathroom products (my boyfriend’s and mine), one for our camera, mobiles and computer cables and one for Olivia’s toys. Every time I feel the need to buy more I reconsider and realise that what I have is too many things and it’s time to get rid of the extras.
Loads of makeup
All I use is mascara, eyeliner and sometimes eyeshadows. The more natural the better. And by taking care of your skin on a daily basis you won’t need more than that.
Anything on sales
I noticed that only the bad quality products or clothes go on sale and that we end up buying stuff that we actually don’t need. Smart shopping will save you more money than sales and promotions.