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Minimalism: How and Why Stop Shopping (ARCHIVE)

Minimalism: How and Why Stop Shopping (ARCHIVE)

Originally posted July 15, 2017

At the beginning of July I started another six month shopping fast. I have undergone a shopping fast like this before, when I first started to minimise my belongings. It really taught me a lot about why I shop, and significantly changed my habits.

If all goes well, I will not be purchasing any new clothing, shoes or accessories for my wardrobe until the end of December.

There are two reasons I am doing this:

  1. I am at the end of my shopping budget.

  2. I want to enjoy the freedom of not buying anything new for a significant period of time.

Yes, you heard me right. There is a sense of freedom in not purchasing new things for your wardrobe. Perhaps you can relate, if you’ve experienced it before. I can only describe it as a lifting of pressure; there is no need to hunt or gather.

While I shop a lot less than some, when I have an active wish list, I definitely make an effort to check into my favourite brands every few weeks. I mostly do this online, though I sometimes check out local boutiques that house smaller brands. In that sense, I am spending time consuming on a regular basis, even if purchases are not being made.

Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not against shopping for clothing or shoes. I love it, in moderation. But I do believe taking a break from shopping can really help put things in perspective.

Here are some benefits that occur when you stop shopping.

  • You have time to identify your true style.

  • You develop more mindful shopping behaviours.

  • You learn to appreciate what you already have.

  • You save some money.

  • You focus less on the superficial.

  • You get more free time in your life.

There is never a ‘perfect’ time to start a shopping fast, because we have been conditioned to think that there is always something more we need.

I encourage you to try this with me for a while, even if it’s just for a month or two. I’ll be posting additional material in the coming weeks to help you stay on track, if you want the support.

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