32 Things to Stop Buying to Live a More Minimalist Life
According to Joshua Becker, “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of our greatest values by removing everything that distracts us from them.” While each person’s list might be unique, here are 32 things you might consider ceasing to buy to...
According to Joshua Becker, “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of our greatest values by removing everything that distracts us from them.”
While each person’s list might be unique, here are 32 things you might consider ceasing to buy to cultivate a more minimalist lifestyle.
1. Unnecessary Groceries
Avoid buying groceries that aren’t on your list or that you won’t consume in time.
2. Single-Use Items
Invest in reusable items and say no to single-use items like plastic cutlery and straws.
3. Cheap Clothes
Opt for quality over quantity when it comes to clothing.
4. Fast Fashion
Choose sustainable, ethically made clothes over rapidly changing fashion trends.
5. Decorative Items
Choose meaningful decor over random knick-knacks.
6. Excess Beauty Products
Buy only what you need and use when it comes to beauty products.
7. Unused Kitchen Gadgets
If it doesn’t get used regularly, you probably don’t need it.
8. Junk Food
Not only will this help your wallet, but it will also benefit your health.
9. Excessive Cleaning Products
Many cleaning tasks can be accomplished with a few basic supplies.
10. Paper Towels
Reusable rags can do the job of paper towels, making them an unnecessary expense.
Many publications have online counterparts, saving paper and clutter.
12. Overpriced Coffee
Consider brewing your coffee at home.
13. Items You’ll Use Once
Whether it be a tool, sporting item, or requirement for a special event, if you only plan to use it once, see if your neighbor or family member has one that you can borrow rather than purchasing brand new.
14. Trendy Items
Opt for classic styles and functionality over trendy items that may not last.
15. Excess Footwear
A good pair of comfortable, versatile shoes is far more valuable than many pairs of trendy ones.
Keep surfaces clear and clutter-free. Choose items with purpose and meaning over those without.
17. Unused Hobby Equipment
Stick to buying equipment for hobbies you consistently enjoy and avoid accumulating items for hobbies you’ve long since abandoned.
18. New Books
Make use of your local library, or purchase used books when possible.
19. Plastic Bags
Reusable shopping bags are a more sustainable option and they also reduce clutter.
20. Disposable Plates and Utensils
Choose reusable items instead. They’re better for the environment and less wasteful.
21. Novelty Kitchen Appliances
Items like popcorn makers, fondue pots, or other niche appliances often go unused and take up valuable space.
22. Outgrown Children’s Clothing or Toys
Don’t let sentimentality lead to clutter. Pass these items on to someone who can use them now.
23. Unused Sports Equipment
If you’re not using it, it’s just taking up space. Sell or donate unused items.
24. Excess Craft Supplies
Keep only what you have a specific use for in the near future.
25. Unread Books
If you’ve had a book for years and still haven’t read it, chances are you never will. Pass it on to someone else.
26. Old Electronic Devices
Old cell phones, outdated computers, or broken electronics are all candidates for recycling or proper disposal.
27. Old Makeup and Perfumes
These items can harbor bacteria and should be regularly cleaned out and replaced.
28. Multiples of the Same Item
One spatula, one pair of scissors, or one hammer is typically sufficient for most households.
29. Damaged Items
Whether it’s clothing, furniture, or décor, if it’s damaged beyond repair, it’s time to say goodbye.
30. Unused Furniture
Too much furniture can make a room feel cramped and cluttered. Keep only what you use and love.
31. Seasonal Décor
Store-bought seasonal decorations often contribute to clutter. Consider simpler, more natural ways to celebrate the seasons.
32. Old Magazines and Newspapers
If you’re done reading them, it’s time to recycle. Digital subscriptions can help reduce this type of clutter.
By eliminating these unnecessary purchases, you can reduce clutter, save money, and lead a more satisfying life.