This is not something that just traveling taught me because I hoarded and shopped like crazy whenever I had the chance to.
When the third chance of moving to a different continent came, I realized that shopping must stop until I finally stay in one place. But I am highly convinced that I will never again be a victim of consumerism after seeing all the benefits that minimalism gave me.
First on the list is make up. I used to be a make up junkie and there used to be a time when I wouldn’t fret about losing my wallet but not my make up kit.
Now, I only have one lipstick, one eyeliner and one mascara. Most days, I only wear lipstick. Au naturel, turns out, is the best.
I have maybe ten shirts, five leggings, three pairs of shorts, six dresses, three pairs of jeans, three pullovers, four winter jackets and three scarves. I keep them classic then I just mix and match. Keeping them at this number gives more time for my other hobbies.
I only keep two winter boots and three pairs of trainers. I stopped wishing to become a centipede to be able to wear all my shoes.
I kept what I love and gave away what I don’t use. It still surprises me that I can now go out without a bag nor my mobile phone.
I don’t wear perfume anymore even if I have read somewhere that a girl who doesn’t wear perfume doesn’t have a future. I only have one and it was a present from my aunt last year. I put it in the fridge to avoid it going sour.
Expensive Skincare Products
My beauty regimen is very simple these days and mostly, I get them from the kitchen. I use honey for my drying face, I mix sugar and olive oil to kiss dry skin cells goodbye and I use aloe vera for my hair.
Hair conditioner is a perfect substitute.
Haircuts and Hair Products
I have been cutting my hair since 2006. I am lucky to have curly hair which is really low maintenance. I also stopped using mousse and crèmes. My hair is healthier than it has ever been.
I grew up reading Cosmo, Seventeen, Vogue but these days I don’t buy them anymore. Instead, I use Pinterest. It is the picture version of Google. Everything you can think of is there.
Since becoming a book blogger and receiving free books, I don’t buy as much like how I used too.
My boyfriend recently gave me Kindle as a Christmas present so I am enjoying the convenience. I still miss the pages of the book but I try to focus harder. If it’s available in ebook, I will not buy the hard copy as long as I can fight it.
Minimalism isn’t only about the things I consume but also what I throw away. And there aren’t so much these days. I just have a nice and re-washable cloth to dry the sink and kitchen tops.
Youtube is a wonderful source of almost everything.
Late Payment and ATM Fees
I am Credit Card free and I do cash transactions as much as possible.
I am no longer that kind of girl who needs to make sure that she’ll get her daily dose of Starbucks. Who am I still trying to impress? I am okay with 1 Euro coffee.
Travel sized Products
I got atomizers and just refill them from the bigger sizes of my favorite brands
Knick Knacks, Little Trinkets and Random Stuff
Less clutter and a little bit more money for things that matter plus the joy of living slowly as possible. I must say that living intentionally has been a huge help in making sure that I control my emotional and mindless purchases that were normally done out of boredom and self-awareness.
In the world of wanting to have more, I am now trained to have less.
In the very few pieces of belongings I now own, I still ask myself, what can I still give away and how can I still simplify my life?
How about you? I’d love to see in the comments what you have stopped from purchasing.
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