Minimalism | What I've Stopped Buying

Photo by Liana Mikah (@lianamikah) 

After roughly ten months of taking on this "minimalist" lifestyle, there are things I've gradually cut from my life. Things that took up space, money, and time. I'm always curious to know what other "minimalists" have stopped purchasing, so I thought I'd jump on here and share with you what I've stopped buying! With all my future traveling, I don't want a bunch of extra stuff weighing me down. I've done some heavy research over the last few months and have come to the conclusion that there are just some things I really do not need to be buying any longer and it has resulted in less trash, more space, and money saved. Here are those items: 

To be completely honest, I've never had cable as an adult living on my own and I'm perfectly happy with that. For some people, it's really important, but in my case I've never been one to watch much TV. To me, the purpose of television is to pass time and I feel as though there are so many more productive things to go be doing. I can find whatever I need on the internet instead (weather and news). Plus, it's one less bill to worry about at the end of the month. Hello $8 Netflix, goodbye $50+ cable bills. 

Cheap disposables
Example? Paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, the list continues. Sure, it's nice to lessen the load of dishes when you have extra company over, but truthfully,  I don't have company over often, and if I did, I'd much rather just wash the dishes than feed into the wasteful side of society.

Doubles and Extras
I no longer stock up on items just to have backups sitting in the closet once I run out. For example: makeup, toothpaste, hair products. I think it works better to just keep track of where I am with everything and once I run out, then I'll repurchase. There is just no point in stocking up unless you live a long distance from the store. This relieves some of the space in your bathroom closet or cabinet and it feels great to not see the overflowing clutter.

I do my best to purchase anything made out of plastic as much possible. After plenty of research, I've become more aware of the amount of plastic in our everyday lives, and it's kind of crazy. Sure, it's durable, but is it truly environment-friendly? There are so many great alternatives to plastic: wood, glass, metal, and stainless steal. Mason jars, bamboo toothbrushes, wooden hairbrushes, etc. While it's probably not possible to avoid it completely, it's important to remain mindful about it.

Mindless Decor
When I moved into my first apartment, I thought about how I wanted the space to be decorated just so and in a certain way. I wanted to purchase different decorations to fill the space. I'm to the point now where I don't really care to just fill the space. I've learned to embrace it and love it. It's so silly to me now to buy something just to buy it. To spend the money on it and have it just sit in your house.

Fast Fashion
I try to focus less attention on what the media tells me the trends are and look within myself and determine what I truly love. Nine times out of ten, fast fashion stores have their clothes made unethically made in unsafe locations where people work for little to nothing - usually third world countries. I really don't want to support that and I also don't want to buy something and feel like I can't wear it ten months later because it's no longer in trend. How do you avoid buying fast fashion clothes? Typically, you best bet will be to shop from smaller companies that actually state they are ethical and fair trade, and the clothes look timeless - not super TRENDY. Usually those stores are more expensive - because they are properly paying the artists and people who made the clothes and the quality usually much better. In the end, I feel as though it's better to save up, invest in quality pieces, and not support the fast fashion industry. 

Extra Kitchen Clutter
This is quite broad, but very necessary to consider. Why do you need five wine glasses when there is just two of you? Why do you need two blenders? (Ok, I was actually guilty of that at one point.) There is nothing worse than opening a cupboard to see shelves with glasses, plates, and so on just piling over each other.

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