Stuff | Quality over Quantity

Stuff | Quality over Quantity
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Dress – Bluetique, Necklace – H&M

Recently, I have been giving a lot of thought to the amount of possessions I own. I enjoy shopping as much as your average person and I have always been someone who hangs on to things in the hope of them becoming useful someday, so I have accumulated a significant amount of things. I am not someone who feels guilty about having material objects in a general sense but I have been noticing that all of this stuff that I had enjoyed or gotten pleasure from at one time in my life was now just taking up space. My living space was cluttered with all of these possessions and I wasn’t enjoying them, in fact I was being stressed out by them.

Another reason all these possessions have been on my mind is that I am going to be traveling more than usual in the next year (more info about that here) and I don’t want to be burdened with lugging a huge case full of things I don’t even like across the globe.declutterquality over quantity

Quality Over Quantity

So, I have decided to make some changes. I want to stop buying low quality items that will fray, tear, crack, or fade just because they are cheap and seem like a deal. Instead  I want to make fewer purchases that I know will be things that I really enjoy and that will last. I want to make it clear that this is not me swearing off of drugstore makeup or affordably priced clothing. This is me reducing the amount of things I consume and trying to make better choices with the things I do purchase.

For example I have about six foundations in my makeup collection at the moment. I am only really in love with one of them, the rest I keep around because I feel guilty getting rid of them after spending money. None of these are at all high end, but I still feel that if I spend the money to purchase something I have this bizarre obligation to keep it until it disintegrates. These inanimate objects are making be feel guilty and it isn’t healthy.

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First steps:

The first step, and one that I have already started, is eliminating these useless possessions, the sweaters stuffed into the back of the closet, the mascara that hasn’t been used in three month. I then have to assess if these items are still useful. If it is just an item that I don’t enjoy, but it still has use value, it gets passed along to a friend or donated. I took a 30″ suitcase bursting with clothes to give away last time I visited friends and it was almost empty upon return. They will wear and love those items that would have been collecting dust in my closet. I see this as a win-win, I clear out space, both physically and mentally, and they get to have some new-to them clothing to spice up their wardrobe.

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If an item is truly beyond use, a stained shirt, an expired lipstick, a dry mascara, then it is getting tossed. No matter how pretty the packaging or how much I loved the product – it is now useless and just takes up space. It needs to go.

Moving towards Quality

If I stop buying loads of random inexpensive things just because they are inexpensive I will be able to purchase a few key pieces at a slightly higher price point without feeling guilty. I also want to say that if you have different spending habits and this approach isn’t for you – you do your thing! Although maybe I could use some organizational tips if you are inclined to share!

I am going to be keeping you guys updated as I make progress towards a less cluttered, more quality existence. This isn’t just limited to makeup or clothes so there will be a variety of bits and bobs to keep things interesting! Make sure to let me know what you think about this new approach and how you deal with clutter in a comment below!

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11 Comments

  1. Tina Tamburtino
    March 5, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Great post! Great philosophy! Good luck?

    • March 5, 2016 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you Tina!

  2. AK
    March 5, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    I HAVE READ THAT FRENCH WOMEN have a minimalist approach to their wardrobe with perhaps a dozen well made items that are quite versatile. ( and that before buying any new wardrobe item, one of the existing items must be given away.) SO, perhaps you are adopting a European attitude.

    • March 7, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      I think it’s also because French women had small closets and a good PR team! đŸ˜‰ Hopefully this will help me in my travels!

  3. March 7, 2016 / 5:31 am

    I am needed to do this as well, especially with my wardrobe. I’m one to go “oh I’ll wear that one day, or I’ll need it for this” but the clothes just end up taking up space and like you said they stress me out which is so NOT okay!
    I’m gonna have to take a leaf out of your book and just get to it! Have a full on clean of my room and make-up so I only have those items that actually give me joy or are functional đŸ™‚

    Rai | utterardour.blogspot.com

  4. March 8, 2016 / 10:05 am

    Quality basics are wonderful. I have a black merino turtleneck. I hand wash it and wear it carefully. It is from 2005 and still stylish. It was an expensive purchase. Especially at 25. But if I take that cost and divide it by the number of wearings it is waaaay cheaper than many of the affordable clothes I have owned. Thanks for reminding me I need to clean out my stuff. It feels like a weight lifted!

    • March 9, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      I am so glad you found this post helpful! I have found that having fewer options – but better options has been so amazing for my peace of mind! I still have a long way to go though! We can do it!

  5. March 9, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I think this is a great attitude. I know I need to de-clutter as I feel like I’m drowning a little under the amount of crap I seem to have accumulated in the past few years.

    • March 9, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      I think we don’t realize how much stuff we accumulate sometimes! Then suddenly you have not place to store anything and you still don’t have anything to wear! Best of luck decluttering, I know it can be a challenge!

  6. July 2, 2016 / 3:17 am

    I’m planning to do the exact same! I’m a massive hoarder to it’s time to chuck the useless shit out!
    How are you getting in? (I’ve noticed this post is from March lol)

    – Arora xx
    http://www.aroraappleby.com

    • August 10, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      I have done pretty well I think! I even went to my mom’s house and started chucking the stuff I’ve left there since I moved for school! I’m still working on donating/recycling/giving away all the clothes but I feel like the clothes I do have I really love! Now if only the weather would cool down so I could wear all of them!

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