Minimalists Don't Buy These

6 Things You Don't Need And Should Stop Buying

We spend too much money on things we don’t need and possessions that don’t last. It’s not the big ticket items that put the real dents in our bank account, it’s the small purchases we don’t notice that drain our money and clutter up our space.

After decluttering our homes and switching to a simpler way of living, there are specific items most minimalists avoid buying or owning. Not only are these items an unnecessary waste of space, they go unused and end up cluttering our space. Here are 6 things we should all stop buying no matter how convenient they may seem.

1. Disposable Items

Items like paper towels, bottled water, and takeout coffee; these seemingly innocuous items are bad for the planet and our wallets. It's easy to make the switch to reusable green household products. Replace paper towels with washable bamboo sheets (or make your own from rags) and invest in refillable water bottles and coffee cups. Little changes like switching to loose leaf tea, using an all-purpose cleaner, ditching cotton pads for a biodegradable konjac sponge, and using baking liners instead of disposable parchment paper, is more environmentally-friendly and it'll save you money.

2. Single-Use Gadgets

The best kind of appliances are those that can do double duty, they save space and work hard to earn their place in your home. Single-use gadgets especially novelty items or niche tools rarely earn their place. If you're tempted by the latest kitchen gadgets, think of alternative ways that can achieve the same result. Most gadgets look like a lot of fun but after a couple of uses they often end up languishing at the back of a cupboard; a waste of money and yet more clutter, they're never as useful as they first seem.

3. Physical Media

With the digital services available, physical media is losing its place in our homes. Purchasing physical copies of DVDs, CDs, books, and magazines is a novelty that costs both in terms of money, space, and environmental damage. Converting your collection of physical media into digital copies will prevent wasted space and clutter. If you're an avid reader or collect vinyl, you may want to invest in a curated collection of physical media. For the majority of us who don't make the most of what we already own, purchasing or switching to digital copies wherever possible is a useful way to cut costs and save space.

4. Craft Supplies

We often have big dreams of spending our weekends working on DIY projects that will transform our home. We keep the bows from presents, spare wrapping paper, gift boxes, empty jars, glitter, glue, and all the craft trimmings for when we finally have time to recreate the DIYs we see on Pinterest. Keeping these supplies is wonderful if you're an active crafter. But keeping things "just in case" and knowing you have a box of craft supplies you keep adding to but never using can be stressful and causes clutter. Keep only what you need and pass on the rest.

5. Fast Fashion

We don’t need as much as we think we do and everyone could benefit from a wardrobe declutter to get rid of the clothes you never wear. The first step is not buying trend-led pieces and seasonal collections from fast fashion brands. Fast fashion encourages you to buy frequently and discard quickly; these clothes are designed to be cheap and go out of style quickly so you keep buying more. Create a slow fashion wardrobe by making fewer purchases of higher quality, designed and created to last. Conver to a minimalist wardrobe and you'll discover refreshing your style can be done without money.

6. Knick-knacks

A minimalist home doesn't have to be sparse but it does require consideration. A cluttered home is often full of trinkets and useless decor that are meaningless. Before bringing another item or knick-knack into your space, ask yourself whether it's something you truly love or just like the look of. Creating a slow home is about curating the space over time taking into consideration your lifestyle, design, and function. By choosing to display fewer, more personal items in your home the more focus you place upon them; surrounded by trinkets and knick-knack they can quickly lose their importance.

6 Things You Don't Need And Should Stop Buying