When I first started my blog, I felt a lot of pressure to constantly buy things. Whether it was the latest eyeshadow palette or a brand new outfit, it felt a necessity to have a fresh batch of purchases every month to keep the content on my blog interesting. Worst of all, I was buying products I knew I would hardly wear or use. I wear makeup maybe 2-3 times a week, but a peek at my collection would have you assume I wear it every day. And to top it all off, there are clothes in my closet I’ve never even worn.
People have been talking about the concept of minimalism for quite a while now. It’s an interesting concept: how much do you really need to live? Does a materialistic lifestyle mean a happier life, or are you better off saving your money? We live in a society that thrives off of consumerism, and we often buy into it. No, there’s nothing wrong with wanting new things; you work hard for your money and it’s there for you to spend. I personally realized the things I was purchasing were a complete waste. For example, I wasn’t buying makeup or clothes that were for practical, everyday wear; I was buying them for the sake of a single blog post. Crazy, right?
I finally decided that buying all these things wasn’t making me happy, and that I desperately needed to make a change in my spending. Now I no longer feel the need to buy clothes every month. If I see something in the store I really like, I’ll buy it if I feel I have the extra money, but I’ve definitely decreased the amount of online shopping I do. And honestly, it feels great! Initially I was worried that I wouldn’t have anything to photograph or talk about in my blog posts, but there are plenty of things to write and photograph that don’t require a dime to spend. I actually feel like I have more creative freedom now than I did when I first started blogging.
While I can appreciate the lifestyle, I’m not at a point where I plan on going 100% minimalistic. I still do enjoy shopping, but I’m definitely trying to be more mindful and practical in my spending. I used to use “retail therapy” as an excuse for my habits, but it was often counterproductive as I ended up with bouts of buyer’s remorse afterwards. Shopping is going to become a much more occasional hobby for me, and I’m perfectly fine with that.
How do you feel about the idea of minimalism? What have you done to be more conscious in your spending? Let me know in the comments!