Six things I don’t buy anymore, style edition. No one, including me, would call me a true minimalist. You’ll find countless videos online of people who have reduced their belongings to 100 items (does every sock count, or is every “pair” of socks? . . .) Although my husband and I consider ourselves as living simply – one car, no kids, one job between us – we have plenty of stuff.
We’ve got a three-bedroom apartment for just the two of us. I have fifteen pairs of shoes, and eight lip balms. We have two televisions (again, for just two people), four computers and two iPhones. But only one frying pan and one saucepan, heh. So call us “medium-ists.” 😊
As we age, it’s easier to see what is truly valuable, priceless even: health, friends, pets, learning, and gods willing, travel to NYC after the pandemic. Gadgets, vehicles, expensive dining chairs or necklaces – these don’t bring joy beyond the initial rush.
Things I don’t buy anymore, style edition:
Eye shadow palettes. I have two, and only need one. Like most of us, I use three or four colors over and over. Hot yellow eye shadow is still fresh in the tin!
Fast fashion. You’ve known this about me for a long time. I shopped at fast-fashion emporiums when they were a novelty ten years ago. Now it’s thrift, consignment, and brands that promote sustainability.
New jewelry. I’ve got lots of jewelry, mostly costume but with some valuable-to-me pieces. Most days I wear my plain wedding band and a 50 year-old ID bracelet gifted to me from my friend Bryan.
Specialized/trendy skin care, and “life-changing” products. I can’t be fooled anymore. Many skin products are wildly overpriced for the ingredients. I’ve pared down to Retin-A at night, Vitamin C in the morning, argan oil and high-octane sunscreen. And my skin looks good.
Chemical deodorants. Especially spray-ons, they’re still damaging our air quality. I like a “natural” deodorant made with few chemicals. My current favorite is Humble; it lasts all day and has a pleasant scent.
Manicures. I used to love a good set of fake nails, don’t judge. Now I am happier with super-short natural fingernails and clear or pink polish. During the pandemic I’ve had to give up pedicures but like General MacArthur, they will return.
“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.” -The Dalai Lama, 1935.
Runners-up in the no-buy category (household edition) include paper plates, newspapers, kitchen gadgets, CDs and DVDs, paper books and magazines, trendy decor, file cabinets, souvenirs, Keurig cartridges (we use a French press), and gym memberships.
What, if anything, is on your no-buy list? Please share. Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash, xo
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