Minimalism & Zero Waste | WHAT I'VE STOPPED BUYING

Another minimalism post, yay! It's been far too long since I've added to my minimalism series and I  think I want to start creating these posts more often as it's something I'm growing more and more passionately about. Eventually, I'd like to post something on the topic of minimalism every Monday and call it "Minimalist Monday," but I don't know that I'm ready for that commitment just quite yet. I'm always curious to know what other "minimalists" have stopped purchasing and so I thought I would share with you guys what I've stopped buying. Through this minimalistic journey, I am trying to consume less and less, and eventually live on the basic needs only with a few extra fun thing. With all of my future traveling, I don't want a bunch of stuff to weigh 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: 

Television. I've actually never paid for cable while living on my own and I'm perfectly happy with it. For some people, this is a big one but I've never really 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. 

Shaving cream. Honestly, conditioner works perfect in place of shaving cream, I kid you not. Multi-using is a wonderful thing if you are trying to minimize what you own and maximize your space. 

Paper Towels, paper plates, and plastic utensils, oh my. Yeah, no. All of these items are so wasteful in my book. Two words: cheap disposables. 

Birthday cards. Birthday cards are one of those good intention items. We buy them with the intention to make our loved ones smile, but really, do they ever read them again? You read your card once, smile, and move on. I just think these are a big money maker for the industry. Not to mention, they can get pretty spendy. Turn to your creative side and create something more memorable for your loved one. 

Clothes (kind of). By this I mean I don't participate in shopping sprees any longer. There's this term I absolutely love, the "shopping hangover." And YES! That is exactly how I used to feel after I would splurge on all sorts of stylish clothes I didn't truly want or need. After cleaning out my closet and removing 75% of everything that hung in it, I am no longer stressing about having no clothes to wear because I am no longer distracted by everything I didn't truly like. However if I do need a new sweater or something, I can always hit up the thrift shops.

Home decor (seasonal/holiday especially). When my interest for minimalism first flourished, my first goal was to have very little to nothing sitting in storage. I just have no desire to have boxes of stuff sitting in a storage room - it's just something to weigh me down. However, I do have the few boxes with memorable and meaningful items that will not be leaving my home anytime soon chillin' in my spare bedroom closet. While I love the holiday seasons and getting into the spirit, I do not want to buy decor to set on display for just a small portion of the year and then box up for the large remainder. It's pointless and a waste of money. Every season, there's a new decor style, and the market creates this demand and everyone thinks they need the new style only to throw what they already own. It's wasteful and unsustainable. I'm happy with what I own right now and that is enough.

Magazines, CDs, books. This was somewhat hard for me as I love my books, and browsing the shelves of Barnes and Noble makes me endlessly intrigued and happy. Cutting down on these items can save so much money, but if you just have to buy something, go DIGITAL! Or just use the public library, which is free, but, I mean, no big deal. Honestly, so many resources are being used up to print out new magazines and books everyday. When you think of the number of people buying these items, it adds up fast and it's a bit overwhelming. Cutting back on these items will also save the space in your home resulting in less clutter. Win-win. Lessening the carbon-footprint. 

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, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. I just keep track of where I'm at with everything and once I run low, I'll restock so I'm not caught without. There is no point in stocking up unless you live a long distance away 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.

Feminine products. Yes you've read correctly. And that is because I've switched to a menstrual cup! It's completely sustainable and not gross ...even though it may seem like it at first. I bought it for $40 and it will last me for approximately ten years. So, I'd say that's money well-spent and as well as it's eco-friendly and it decreases the chance of toxic shock syndrome. I can do review or separate blogpost on this if anyone is interested to learn more. 

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 guilty of this. Was, though. Was) Owning only the basic essentials can cut down on dishes to wash as well as you may be able to find things much easier. 

Cleaning supplies. I used to have quite the collection of cleaning sprays stored under my kitchen sink cabinet. That was until I realized that switching over from standard household cleaning products to cleaner and greener ones can help your health and  the environment as well as save money and space. Now I have only one all purpose cleaner and a nice supply of baking soda (the mother of all cleaning), eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar.

Plastic (kind of). Since my minimalistic journey began, I've become more aware of the amount of plastic in our everyday lives and I've cut back on plastic in my own home. If there is something you need to buy and it typically comes in plastic form, look for the wooden or stainless steal version. Mason jars, wooden toothbrush and hairbrush, glass cups, glass storage bowls (or just Mason jars), etc. While it's impossible to avoid plastic 100%, it's important to remain mindful about it.

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