Hi friend! Happy Friday! Today’s Friday Favorites is focusing on things minimalists no longer purchase!
I rounded up some of my favorites for you, as well as a bonus of sharing things I no longer purchase since I became a minimalist. Are you as excited as I am?
One great thing minimalism did for me and many others is remove the need to purchase so much! I used to shop frequently for the most random things, such as books, home decor, clothing, accessories, etc.
Now, I am so thankful that I have been able to pull away from consumerism and only purchase things I need! I have also tried my best to repurpose things I already own, so that I do not create an unnecessary need in my home.
Things Minimalists No Longer Purchase
Each of the ladies listed below share different things they no longer purchase and why. I challenge you to check each of them out and see if you maybe able to find inspiration to either replace a product with something else or eliminate it altogether!
Normally for my Friday Favorites, I share things that inspire me. However, this week, I have not only been inspired to share this information with you, but also share 5 things with you that I no longer purchase since I became a minimalist.
If this little bonus is something you would like to see more often, let me know below in the comments.
5 Things I No Longer Purchase
1 // Seasonal Trendy Pieces
Having a sustainable wardrobe is key for me since becoming a minimalist. Purchasing pieces that only last one or two seasons creates an excess in not only my home, but it also creates a bigger demand for Fast Fashion.
I will not go into details about in this post about Fast Fashion, but if you are curious, I suggest to research it. You may change your mind in purchasing these pieces, too!
Related Post: My Capsule Wardrobe: Project 333
2 // Wax Warmers, Candles, Aerosol Sprays
These all may smell great, but they are full of harmful chemicals that I no longer want to breathe. I have since switched to essential oil diffusers, and DIY room sprays.
Now my home is full of pure, natural products that I do not fear breathing in and at the same time I am able to purify the air in my home!
If you are someone who just loves candles, there are organic, soy or coconut waxed candles made with pure essential oils. You can find a lot of small businesses who make these on Etsy or Instagram. Just do your homework on the ingredients before you say it is safe.
3 // Non-quality Products
Minimalism’s main focus is to reduce consumerism in your home. When purchasing non-quality products, consumerism is inevitable.
However, it is less likely to occur when spending a little more money for a product that can last multiple times longer. This also helps the shopaholic that lives inside of me stay deeply buried.
4 // Conventional Household Cleaners
Like #2, these cleaners are full of very harmful chemicals. These chemicals are not only toxic to ingest, but also toxic to breathe.
Since changing to organic cleaners, I have noticed a big difference in how my home. I also do not have to worry if I leave these cleaners where my dogs can reach them. [While they do are not inside dogs, if they ever did slip inside, I have no worries!]
Another bonus is all of the money I am saving by not purchasing these overpriced cleaners! Can we say cha-ching?!!
5 // Satellite/Cable TV
I used to think we had to have all of these channels with hundreds of options. Overtime I realized that I did not have all of the options I thought. I began to waste time finding something to watch.
One day, I decided enough was enough. I was tired of overpaying for TV I did not watch! I cancelled it, paid cancellation fees, and switched to Netflix.
Now I have the freedom to watch what I want, when I want. The best part is I am paying a sliver compared to what I was paying. So again, can we say cha-ching?!!
Related Post: 27 Things to Cut Out of Your Budget for Good
I love getting to save time and money on things I no longer purchase, because it has grown the quality of my life. In my home, the focus has shifted from material possessions to quality time together or working on passion projects.
We are also increasing the quality of things we do have, so when something needs replaced, it is done so in a higher quality, healthier way. We actually think about the things we need to replace before heading to the store to settle on whatever they have.
If you have experienced the feeling of no longer needing to purchase something, let me know in the comments what happened and why you no longer purchase that thing.