Shopping has become a past time for so many of us. It makes us feel happy! But it also clutters our homes and empties our bank accounts. Other than shopping, what else could we fill our time with?
ove. While the tangible letting go of items is fantastic (and I highly recommend decluttering!), minimalism can do good in your life in more ways than one. Minimalism saves money.
My husband and I lived in a small studio apartment for the first 10 years of our marriage. Most of the time I was happy with our little place. It didn’t cost a lot of money and it was easy to clean. But then, in one year, several of our friends bought houses and I started feeling dissatisfied and jealous. It felt like hanger and nobody likes that feeling. Did we move that year? No. But I did learn how to cultivate a feeling of contentment with the simple life.
This post is from Jessalynn at Doable Simplicity. On her blog and Instagram she helps inspire her followers to live a simpler life and enjoy what matters the most!
As the best season to declutter approaches, I thought that I’d share with you a round up of my favorite and best decluttering tips that I’ve shared over the years. Yes, you can declutter fast! But keeping your space clutter-free takes maintenance. We’ll talk about both here!
Minimalism is so much more than just getting rid of your excess stuff. Minimalism is a whole mindset and lifestyle change. For so many of us, living with less isn’t natural. We’ve been told we need more – more stuff in our house, more commitments in our day, more things to remember – almost relentlessly. Minimalism has taught me to say “no” to more than just clutter! Which has given me the best benefit of minimalism – space.
Lifestyle inflation is a huge drain on finances. Lifestyle inflation occurs when your income goes up, so does your spending. At first, it appears very justifiable! Fighting lifestyle inflation is tough. In a culture that says “treat yo self!” in just about every situation, here are a few tools to arm yourself with so you don’t give in to lifestyle inflation.
I lived for Prime Day every year. I would hold off on purchasing new items just so I could buy them at a discount over a 48 hour period most likely in June or July. But in reality, I probably didn’t need these things. And an even harder truth is that most of these items aren’t really that much cheaper than they are normally. So what are the best deals this year for Prime Day?
Stings a little, doesn’t it?
But if you need feel like you need to browse through all the Prime Day deals, I’ll give you a few tips on how to do that without:
-Blowing your budget
-Buying things you don’t actually need
A few short months ago, I wrote about what I had learned by wearing the same thing for thirty days. At the time, thirty days seemed like a lot. Committing to a full one hundred days of wearing the same dress? Crazy! But I did it, and I’m so glad that I wore the same dress for 100 days. Wearing the same dress for a hundred days in a row was like hitting the reset button in my wardrobe and for my goals in striving for a simpler, more joy-filled life.
The joy of using things up is important in our journey of frugal minimalism (frugality pairs exceptionally well with minimalism). Using items until they have nothing left to give allows us the opportunity to fully experience each item. Because if we tire of an item quickly or buy new things frequently, would we still be able to experience the benefits of each item and fully use them? Probably not.
Buying new clothes is just part of life. Our clothes wear out, they don’t fit any more, or we just tire of them. Whatever the case may be, there is a better way to shop than running out to buy the first thing you find!
These helpful tips of what to look for when buying new clothing distinguish the quality markers in clothing. Not all shirts are created equal. And not all quality clothing is sustainably made. That’s okay… because if you find a piece you love and will wear for years to come (no matter where it’s from) that’s so much better than buying 10 pieces you throw away in a few months.