If you know me well, you’ll know that I’ve been into minimalism for a long while. For the last two years or so, I’ve been selling old things on eBay, enduring [ spending bans ] and constantly talking myself out of buying products. One of my favourite posts I’ve ever written has been ‘How and Why You Should Simplify Your Space’ and I’m incredibly glad that it’s becoming more acceptable to consume less.
We should all be taking more responsibility for the world we live in. So many items of clothing end up in landfill; the effects on the environment are devastating and it’s only us, as humans, that can do something about it. Even if this isn’t enough to encourage a change in shopping habits, I think where the clothes are made, the wages that their workers are made are another huge factor to consider when considering an anti-consumerism lifestyle.
But, less me not bore you with all of that, and lets talk about the fun side of anti-consumerism. From going through your wardrobe and finding clothes that you’d completely forgotten about, to styling a new outfit from pieces in your wardrobe already. I’ve started wearing jumpers on top of my dresses so that it looks as if I’m wearing a skirt. Absolute game changer.
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I won’t lie, I find anti-consumerism incredibly tough sometimes. It can be hard to continue staying away from shops and buying things. What starts off as a browse can quickly become a desire to buy; avoidance is the best policy, but I remind myself why I’m doing this and it helps me along the way. I’m not on a complete spending ban. I do buy things if I need it, although I try my best to ensure that it’s something I’ll get the most use out of, and I won’t re-purchase something that I can live without.
I loved shopping for the thrill of finding something new at an absolute bargain of a price. What also gives me the same thrill? Going out with friends, shooting cute outfit shots and generally feeling good about myself. Going on travels – whether it’s a full blown holiday or simply a day trip, exploring the sea and the sights. Reading books [I currently buy mine; although I plan to start using my local library more when I’ve completed my TBR pile!] has vastly improved my knowledge and understanding over the last few months, and I’m incredibly glad that I’ve discovered such a hobby.
Instead of going to the shops, why not spend a few hours looking for ways to improve yourself? Whether that’s taking driving lessons, listening to podcasts, meditating or taking an online course. There’s bound to be something out there that you can do to grow.
One of my biggest problems is consuming around friends; I find it incredibly easy to go to a restaurant and spend an excessive amount of money on a meal, or going to a shopping centre and spending money on clothes. This is one of the things I’m working on closely this year, by opting for more affordable, sustainable options and ditching the shops. Nights in with friends are a heck of a lot of fun, and there’s always new activities to try such as escape rooms, mini-golf and weekend adventures.
I can’t wait to make a start on my journey to a more sustainable lifestyle: and I’d love it if you’d join me on the adventure!