- There aren’t any hard rules, so you can make your own and be a minimalist in your own way. Start by asking yourself why you want to start this journey. You need to be passionate and curious to get the best start.
- Start small. Make a habit to question everything you want to buy. Do you really need it? Or is it an impulsive buy? Leave what you want to buy at the store and come back if you can find a legitimate reason to buy it. Some stores might put the item aside for you while you think.
- Look at your wardrobe. Clothes and shoes are items that most of us own too many of. A way to start is: make three piles: keeping, maybe keeping and getting rid of. Put everything in the maybe pile in a bag and store it somewhere out of sight. If you miss or need something you can easily retrieve it. If you don’t you can give it to someone whom it will bring more joy to. After a three-month period, try sorting again. You will be surprised how much you can live without.
- Change your mindset about sales and online shopping. Commercials and sales are designed in a way to trick our brains into buying something we don’t need. I avoid big retail sales (like Black Friday), and I give anything I buy online serious thought and consideration. Waiting a week is a good practice before ordering something. I know lots of people shop online when they are bored. That’s just a giant money pit! If you find yourself bored with the urge to shop pull up YouTube instead and get some fresh motivation by watching videos on minimalism.
- If you just can’t control your “shopaholic panic”, go to thrift stores. They are often filled with things few people want to buy and it will take longer to find those unique pieces (thus, giving you much more satisfaction than easily picking something off the rack at H&M). Since this takes longer, your “shopaholic panic” will probably be gone after one store.
- Adopt the mindset: Quality rather than quantity. Instead of having 10 cheaply made sweaters that will soon be worn out and discolored, invest in a well-made, durable one from a sustainable company. Having one great sweater you put thought and consideration into buying will give you more satisfaction than 10 pairs of “arhh, they are cheap and go with my pants” sweaters. 😉