Shopping and buying have become natural routines for us humans to throw money and build up a collection of possessions in our homes that we might not need. However, a few years back I realised this is not the life for me anymore and I want a more clutter free way of living, and to be more minimalistic.
For me building up a collection of “stuff” was just not making me happy, instead I wanted to focus more on experiences and building up a collection of memories. I wanted to be able to do more for myself, build up my confidence to take solo trips and utilise my time to spend with the people in my life. Not to mention that walking into a home where there is just clutter everywhere does not exactly make you feel at home.
Also I am currently saving up for buying my first home, which is no easy task and does cost money. Essentially this way of living means I save more!
I want to say that going on a shopping spree and buying things should not be a negative thing and I am not here to tell you how to live your own life. All I want to share is my own personal journey. Therefore, for today’s post I want to talk about what I stopped buying to keep my life clutter free.
First on my list of what I stopped buying to keep my life clutter free is duplicates. Now this applies to everything in my life.
I ensure that within my own wardrobe that there are not the same pieces of clothing that I only need one of. I mean three white tops is not needed (unless that is something you only wear). This is the same with other items around the home as it creates more clutter when I want to live more clutter free.
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I know sale items are appealing and in your mind you are saving money (which in some cases is true). However, unless it is something I have needed in my life then I am not heading for the sales ALL the time.
Most of the time the sales entices us to buy things we don’t need. It is not entirely our fault it is how we have been brought up to invest in materialistic things – just listen to that old song by Madonna which is the truth. Therefore, for me living my clutter free life means less sales.
For this I don’t mean make-up entirely as I do wear concealer and mascara on the occasion. But the foundation and make up palettes I have ditched. I haven’t actually worn foundation in three years, and it feels SO GOOD.
I will be honest and say I do love creating a make-up look every now and then, doing my eyeshadow and putting on a lipstick. But I just don’t feel the need to have piles of palettes and lipsticks that most of the time I won’t be wearing.
I love reading when I actually do read, however I have found myself in the past buying a load of books and then they just pile up.
Instead I made the decision to only buy books once I have read all the books I currently own and if I have then donated or given the old books to friends. If I want to live my clutter free life I need to stick to it.
Sometimes I will keep books that I have loved and plan to read again, but I cannot keep a habit of having books when I won’t read them again.
Something else that I stopped in my clutter free life is to look at the subscriptions I have. This could be physically or online.
There were many apps or website subscriptions that were sending me emails and I just don’t use that brand or company and they were just cluttering my life. You don’t realise how many you sign up to and it all adds up, and most of them just are not adding to my life anymore.
Therefore, it might not be physically around the home but keeping those subscriptions clutter free will help your mind and soul too.
As we progress and technology advances it is more accessible to watch whatever we want instantly. Gone are the days you have to run around the house looking for a specific DVD or VHS as I can just turn on my TV and have all the choices in front of me.
Plus having physical copies does take up a huge amount of space. This is similar to games as I tend to stick with buying games on the online store, and this just all saves to my extra hard drive. Overall not owning as many physical copies and stopping buying them has improved my clutter free way of living.
There you have it some things I have stopped buying to live a more clutter free life. If you need some help with decluttering then this post I found really useful to begin with!
Overall remember that when you begin decluttering it will be hard and it is a process. So give yourself a break and know it takes baby steps to build up habits. Also it is ok if you are living the life you want and are happy. This post is about my own journey and where I am headed and I am wanting to live more in the moment and remove the unnecessary buying and spending I was originally doing.
Is there anything you have stopped buying? Are you living a clutter free life?
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x