It’s been 61 days since I bought an item of clothing. This was a $12 top from Best and Less that I purchased on August 23. I did buy something online in September that I ended up returning because it was too big. (I should’ve known better; my success rate with online shopping is very low.) A few years ago, my most current purchase would’ve been a lot more recent than 60 days.
I’ve always been good at saving money, but…
I’ve definitely noticed a shift with my spending habits since I started my simplicity journey.
I’ve never owned a credit card and whilst growing up, living beyond your means was basically a criminal offence. Every big-ticket item I’ve paid for (other than my house) has been paid for upfront.
Naturally trying to declutter and own less means I’m buying a lot less and saving a lot more.
This is amazing as I never started my journey to save more money. I started it to clear my space and have more time on the weekend to relax, or do things I actually enjoy.
These days I’m relatively up to date with the latest handbags and designer stuff etc., but I don’t want to buy it like I used to. I feel like I’ve started to strip back to the basics and enjoy the simple things more.
Goodbye ‘just because’
I’m very aware of what I have, so I don’t buy stuff ‘just because’ I might need it later. This applies to things other than fashion. For example, I love candles and old school memorabilia. Think old Elvis records or movie cards from the Golden Age of Hollywood. If I weren’t on my journey, I would’ve acquired a mass of this stuff that I wouldn’t know what to do with.
I have two candles at home and that’s enough for now. They’re big and they’ll probably last me all Spring/Summer. I’ll replace them when they end, even if I miss a few good deals in between.
Simplifying my life is helping me appreciate other things a lot more. The biggest is a clutter free home! For me, there is nothing more satisfying than sitting on my couch on the weekend and enjoying a clean and simple space. Despite my home being clutter free, we still have to spend a fair few amount of time cleaning. I know that if I wasn’t on this journey, I’d have more sh*t to do and less time to relax.
I was very close to my grandmother and she used to always talk about how poor they were in Communist Yugoslavia. She told me that she only had two dresses and that if a sock had a hole in it, they’d repair it. That’s so different to our throwaway culture.
Bill Gates once said something along the lines that pre-1800’s, most of the people in the world had short and hard lives. They were poor. The Industrial Revolution and the two World Wars of the last century drastically changed how we live. What do I take from this? The desire to have so much and equate happiness with physical possessions is relatively new.
I always say that my grandparents didn’t know what Gucci or Prada was when they worked hard on their farm for little money. My family from that generation are the most resilient people I’ve ever known and their problems and struggles were so much different to the first world problems my generation and younger generations are accustomed to. But guess what? They were so grateful for things we take for granted. They took care of things and used them until the very end. I like to think I’m starting to do that.