I have been slowly, slowly trying to move towards minimalism (towards being the key word there). The first step was getting rid of unused stuff, which I spent months doing. Now my focus is on being a more mindful, conscious shopper. There are a lot of ways to do that. I hope to expand on this topic in future posts, but today let’s look at just one – acknowledging what we want vs. what we need.
In 2018, I’m hoping to gain mindfulness with my shopping habits. After cleaning out my closet, for the 3rd time in 5 months, and watching The True Cost (highly recommend), I have broken up with fast fashion and have devised a plan for future shopping. I accepted less is more, and I’m totally okay with that. Once I had a system of mindful shopping down with my closet, I started investigating other areas of my life and considering where else I can bring in more mindfulness. The first thing that popped into my mind – grocery shopping
I have been on a serious cleaning frenzy for the past month! If you’ve been here before, you may have read my Out with the Old post about clearing out, making space, and evaluating my relationship with consumerism. I basically haven’t stopped since. Back then, almost exactly a month ago, I had been working on my office space – getting rid of unloved books (the tragedy!), organizing papers from more than 2 years ago, and just putting shit away.
While Autumn is not here yet, it is definitely in the air. And every time I start to feel the shift of seasons, I am ready for a clear out. Over the past week, I’ve been sorting out my desk, clearing unloved books from my shelves, and ditching the clothes that no longer fit or aren’t worn enough. Truthfully I’m not the cleanest person, but when I get in these moods, I am all in.
Quality over quantity has always been a big struggle of mine. It dates all the way back to being a teenager when having $40 felt like you owned the world. When I would go shopping with friends, before I even had my own bank account, whatever cash I had was all I could spend. There were the stores I would go to with my mom and then there were the stores I would go to with my friends. If I only had $40, why would I spend it all one 1 shirt when I could buy at least 3 shirts from one of the cheaper stores?