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These are things I used to accumulate incessantly, I know this because they have been big decluttering targets.
Books and Magazines
Here is a horror story: I used to buy brand new text books back when I was in university, some of which I still have sitting around in our house right now.
It’s Halloween soon, so here is another one: I used to keep tons of old magazines for no reason other than thinking that I’d go back and re-read them. Some of them were from the year 2011.
Thankful the habit of buying books and magazines has been correcting for some time now. We no longer buy for ourselves, but we do still buy children’s books for our kids, as we’d like them to learn to read and enjoy stories without having to stare into the ever so addicting ipads and tv’s. Sadly the books have been losing so far, but that’s another topic entirely.
Candles and Oils
It always went like this: picking up the candle or the oil, smelling it, liking it, spending a minute imagining myself using it while curled up with a good cup of tea and a book, buying it, and, surprise surprise, forgetting about it.
Besides, curling up with a good up of tea and a book is probably not going to be possible for another 10 or so years. I’ve accepted the reality. I’ve moved on.
I wrote about how I no longer get excited by my wardrobe in this My Wardrobe Stock Market Crash post. I have yet to dive into my closet and come up with a concrete plan for it (capsule wardrobe sounds likely though), but one thing is for sure: I no longer buy new clothes. In fact, I’ve been removing a few items here and there, some were given away to family, some were donated, and some were cut up as rags or simply discarded into the garbage. It feels SO GOOD to get some wiggle room in my drawers, the LAST THING I’d want now is to get new clothes to cramp them up again.
I have very limpy, or, if you want to be positive, silky hair. To change it, I’d buy hair products such as mousse, hair spray, texturizing gel, dry shampoo, and all kinds of other products that promised to give me big sexy voluminous Farrah Fawcett hair. And if you had to guess the result, you’d probably guess that they didn’t work too well, and you’d be right.
As I got older, I started realizing this: grass is always greener on the other side, there are tons of people desperate to have low-maintenance, no straightener necessary, wash and go and always smooth hair like mine.
Skin Care Products
Similar to hair products, I used to buy all kind of face products to make my skin look better. What I didn’t think of was that a clean diet with reduced stress did 100 times better than any expensive face cleanser or cream could. I’ve since simplified my skin care to a very bare and easy set: a cleanser, and a moisturizer. Done, and done. And to be honest, I think my skin has never looked and felt better.
Having written these 5 things down, one common theme I see is that I’ve gotten a lot better at accepting and appreciating what I already have. Did minimalism prompt this, or did me aging and getting more common sense lead me into minimalism? Oh well, it doesn’t matter, it’s all good.
Dear reader, what are some of the things you no longer buy?