In an effort to simplify our life more, I’ve been changing my thought process and habits with shopping/consuming. To take it even further, I wanted to challenge myself to a month of no unnecessary purchases and to also see if I could get rid of even more things around the home that we really don’t need. I figured it might be a fun thing to challenge our readers to as well, and maybe we can encourage and motivate each other along the way!
The “why” behind this challenge:
If you’re like me, you feel calmer, clearer headed, more motivated and happy when you have a clean, spacious, organized space. By refraining from accumulating more, we can better focus on what we have, what we truly need and what brings us joy. It may help us change our habits and outlook on the act of purchasing by teaching us to be more mindful consumers in these ways:
-Buy less but better quality items.
-Think before we purchase.
-Hold off on purchases and decide whether we really need it.
-Enjoy and have more pride in the things we do have.
So, this month lets try to:
Get rid of things we don’t need or don’t bring us joy. Donate items that are in good shape and toss broken items appropriately. Then find a place for everything we decide to keep.
Only make purchases that are necessary. If you really want something, hold off if you can and revisit it next month. If you still really want it, buy it! The goal is to refrain from thoughtless purchases (i.e. wanting something just because it’s on sale).
During the month, instead of buying things from places we’re used to, source out new places that are local, fair-trade and/or small businesses that have items you admire and would be proud to own. This way, when we’re ready to start shopping again we have a log of thoughtful places to go.
Is this a challenge you can get on board with doing? My goal is that it has a lasting effect and really changes habits. And it’s always nice to give the wallet a break haha :)
Of course, this isn’t meant to be an all or nothing! If you really need to or want to buy something, don’t be so hard on yourself. And this doesn’t apply to experiences, in my opinion. Maybe just try some of the principals above to guide you in your purchases! <3