Back in August, I wrote about how I was becoming more and more interested in minimalism (read thinking about minimalism). After dramatically reducing the size of my wardrobe and changing my approach to shopping for clothes it was only natural that I would want to introduce the principle of less is more to other aspects of my life. My approach to minimalism isn’t about getting rid of everything you own and living with only 10 things. Rather it’s about owning things which add value to your life whether that’s a cheese grater or an ornament. To me, it’s about getting rid of the clutter and surrounding yourself with things you truly love or need. Minimalism is also about simplifying your life and escaping consumer culture which encourages us to spend, spend, spend and constantly strive for more. Obviously, the easiest way to start your journey towards minimalism is to simply stop shopping, however, that isn’t always possible. Things will need replaced eventually and sometimes you just have to shop. However, going to the shops doesn’t mean you have to buy everything in sight. Follow these 5 tips on how to shop like a minimalist next time your shopping to ensure you only purchase things which add value to your life.
A minimalist always has a plan when they head to the shops. They know what they want to purchase and shop with a list. Before you head to the shops think about what you need to get and make a list. Only go into shops which sell the items on your list to avoid buying anything that isn’t on the list. Remember a shopping list is only useful if you take it with you and stick to it. Plan ahead no matter what your shopping for from groceries to underwear, decide what you need in advance and make a list.
As you already know I spend a lot of time research outfit ideas and styling on Pinterest before creating a new capsule wardrobe. Pinterest is also a great way to research any new purchase. Thinking about buying some red shoes, look at outfit and styling ideas on Pinterest first. You may decide that red shoes won’t work for you or decide you must add them to your wardrobe. Google is also a great source for researching purchases, maybe you need some new pots. Trying reading some online reviews and checking which shops stock them. By researching products online first you will have a good idea of how much things cost and whether or not you can afford them
From your research, you will have an idea of how much everything should cost. If not go and check a few online stores to see what the prices are. Once you have an idea of how much something will cost you can then set your budget. Think carefully about how much you can afford to spend and set a clear budget and stick to it. There is no point in getting into credit card debt for a new pair of shoes. Spend only what you can afford to spend. It can be tempting to spend a little more when you’re at the shops but remember why you set your budget and stick to it.
When your out shopping try to purchase the highest quality item you can afford. By focusing on purchasing quality items you will reduce the chances of having to replace it in the near future. Buying quality products which will last for years to come will not only mean fewer trips to the shops but will save you money in the long run. Ever heard the saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice’. By focusing on the quality you won’t have to ‘buy twice’.
Before making any purchase ask yourself is it necessary. If the answer is no then put it down and leave empty handed. Something is necessary if you are replacing a broken item you already have or you know it will add value, simplify or improve your life. If you already have something similar at home which still works then the purchase isn’t necessary. Remember if you are buying something to replace an old version at home to get rid of the old version, there is no point in having 2 of the one thing when you only need one.
Not only will following these tips help you to shop like a minimalist ensure you only purchase things which add value to your life, they will also save you money. Perfect for anyone on a budget or trying to save some money.