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.
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.
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.
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!