One way to really minimalism is by not spending money to get new things. Of course it isn’t really possible in long term! 😀 Especially for a used-to-be-shopaholic like me! I must admit I have not progress to that stage of being really minimalism yet! One example is I still have lots of PENS! But I do feel that I am changing for some things like clothes, bags etc. One step at a time I guess!
The best way that I would recommend is to write down what you want to get and THINK over it before committing any spend. Now you might ask – What if its for something I really need it urgently? Something which you need it urgently should be manage in such a way that you purchase when it is running out. For e.g. – coffee which you always drink in the morning for breakfast. Buy one pack at one time. When it run really low, like left 3-4 packets, then it is time to buy! For such cases, I do not include them as it is already in a order/system. There are of course emergency cases which will be excluded from this process 🙂 For e.g. your shoe broke and you are on your way to an client’s meeting. Of course you need new one even though you may have a couple of shoes at home which can be easily replaced.
Now why is this useful? When you write down, you make a point to think! When you think, you wouldn’t spend unnecessary. You would really think if its a need or just something you want? Is it something that align with the minimalism you are trying to achieve?
A real life scenario: Last week, I was facing a shoe problem. I wore one of the worst shoe I have from Madden Girl. The reason I bought that shoe is that unlike Toms (okay the design is similar to Toms), it is all man-made! Anyway somehow the shoes is very slippery even when not on rainy day. I have been wanting to toss it away. Last week I wore it and it was raining heavily during lunch time. In normal case, I will walk slowly to the nearest place to get food and return back to my office. But on that day I was having a lunch gathering with a couple of colleagues. So I couldn’t miss. I survived a walk (15 mins) to the venue and back to my office (another 15mins). Phew. But that’s it! I am tossing it away as after nearly 5 hours, it is still not dry yet! On my way back home, I thought about shoes, shoes, shoes. The best way to replace is to get an handmade shoe. I was on the verge to order an vegan shoes online. But I stopped myself in time as it is also very expensive. But the main thing that stopped me is that I still have a few pairs of shoes around! I wished they were all broken so I can buy a pretty handmade vegan shoes though. But I guess not for the next few months or so. I had written all these down so I was able to make a rational decision not to buy yet. In the past, I didn’t write it down anywhere. Instead I went online, clicked and ordered. So there isn’t any “decision making” process at all!