Minimalism in practice is nothing else but the sum of daily decisions, which affect the space around. Before buying things I ask myself questions, which you can read more about here. Since I started controlling my shopping more what am I actually buying less?
My guilty pleasure, which would lay around the flat for ages gathering dust and taking precious space. Now I only buy magazines if I travel, want to read an article desperately, or if there is a sample I want to try.
I used to have a membership card for over two and a half years. First year I would go regularly so having a card made sense. However lately I just prefer to spend time outdoors. I might want to go to a cinema once in a while but this does not justify monthly payments. At the end of the day membership cards suppose to save money not increase the cost of a ticket, which would be the case with me.
I have to say this is one of the hardest things for me as I love the smell of books, how they present themselves on the shelves... Although paper books will always be my favourite way of reading I decided to buy a Kindle to store most of them digitally and save space. I still have one shelf full of selected books, and slowly I am getting rid of the one I do not really want.
Strawberry, Mango, Watermelon, Mint and Lemon Grass, you name it and I could pick the one you want from my bathroom. I finally used the extraordinary amount of shower gels and currently have one. I decided not to buy another one just because it smells nice as simply I really only use one shower gel at a time.
Similarly as with shower gels. I still heave a huge bottle of Bed Head shampoo I bought in 2014!
I am crazy about beautiful interior designs. I would buy here and there bits and bobs I liked hence my flat lacked consistency and at the end everything clashed creating a visual chaos. Although I still buy home decorations they are selected carefully and have to work with the general design. I do not buy anymore odd vase, flower pot, or pillow just because I like it. Nowadays I have to like it and it have to work well with the rest.
I do not buy products or spices I use only once for specific recipe. Banana vinegar sounds nice and probably adds unique flavour to the dish but being realistic... How long will it take me to use it if I only intend to make this dish once, maybe twice a year?
As with books, only digital versions and this is very rarely.
I like to clean and I like to clean with the newest, freshly smelling products. I like to have product for bathroom, toilet, sink, mirror and of course different one to the floor too! If there is a product I haven't try a few years ago I would make sure to buy it and stock it for the future. I stopped that.
As you know I like to write down things 'to do', and have planners, and calendars. I also enjoyed printing out my favourite articles and storing them in alphabetical order in a binder. Of course I would never read them again. What a surprise! I just stopped wasting paper.
I do not drink tap water but I also do not like to generate amount of plastic and waste at home. One of the solutions was buying Brita, the model I have is called Elemaris Meter XL.
Something I would always bring back from my trips and carefully place it in my postcard album. However my photography skills improved and now I just prefer to have a digital form as a memory. I still send postcards from each location to my family but I do not buy any as a souvenir for myself.
I talk about my little addiction in article about things preventing smart savings here. I still have too many pens, pencils and notebooks so now I am slowly using them up. More than just a few found
When and only when something such as mascara finishes I go to look for a new product. It helps to control chaos, know what is where, and how long can I use it for. So much easier to remember expiry dates! I do not have to think any longer which product I opened first and if it is time to get rid off it.
I love big mugs and I cannot lie! Thankfully I stopped buying cute, quirky mugs which were one of the things I would buy rather often, too often! Now I have three huge mugs I spotted at Debenhams and I am not on a hunt for any more!
The same case as with mugs! They look good on photos but only take extra space. I do not really need 10 glasses for a household with no more than two people, do I?
Since I managed to find my own flat I discover beautiful corner of Tiki Maxx with home accessories. Turns out that despite the fact I am not a great chef, nor I really desire to be, I love to have various accessories. I must admit, some of them were bought purely for decorative purpose but no more!
Coffee On The Go
Last winter I found one of the best ever travel thermal mugs from Contigo, which never leaked, which is an achievement as all of my old ones were! I cannot say that it never burned my tongue because it did! It keeps hot drinks hot for long, long time! Since I found my one I said goodbye to paper mugs.
I travel a lot and I used to bring back a lot of items, which suppose to remind me of beautiful time during winter. As it always ends instead it was only giving me more dusting to do. The only exception I do for souvenirs are magnets.
I love boxes. If I could describe perfect gift for me I would answer beautifully packed in a box I can reuse it. I have few wooden boxes for memories e.g. I have all of my old student cards. Other than that I do not buy them for decorative purposes or to hide mess in them, not anymore at least. Out of sight, out of mind? Now I am just remove things I do not feel work for me.
Are you buying less of anything than you were before?