Back in the Philippines, I tend to buy unnecessary things like clothes, bags and shoes. I wanted to collect as many bags as I can and didn’t want to repeatedly wear the same clothes. I have accumulated junk in my life. Those things were unnecessary and have no relevance nor served any purpose other than to sit there and collect dust. I bought things just because they were on sale. It’s only when I moved to Japan that I realized I don’t need as such. I could only take a few of my things so I had to get rid of or gave most of them. That moment struck me like a lightning. I relied too much on objects and things. I put so much value on material things.
Moving to Japan has changed me a lot as a person. I’ve learned and embraced the concept of minimalism. It is not just about having a fixed amount of things you have. It’s beyond that. It’s when everything you have are the things that add value to your life, things you really love, and honestly, absolutely need.
1. Things we can’t afford
It’s the most important advice or not, reminder you can take away from this article. It’s the only way we can save money.There’s no way around it. Spend less than you earn. I know this is easier said than done but you can start with small steps.
2. Duplicate of things
Seriously, who needs ten lipsticks with similar shades of red or pink? The first thing you should get rid of or avoid buying is duplicate of things. And I think making a list of the things you own from clothes to bags and shoes will help you become fully aware of everything you own.
3. Movie tickets
I love watching movies and until now I watch movies but I stopped going to the cinema if not, I rarely go watch newly released movies. Netflix is enough for me!
4. Trendy clothes
Just because everyone is wearing fancy and pretty clothing doesn’t mean you have to follow. Once you have all the things you love in your closet, then you are good. You don’t need trendy clothes just to fit in the crowd.
Utilize the library. Switch to ebooks or use the internet. You can find pretty much everything online. I use Blinkist instead of buying physical books. It is such a powerful tool for growth.
6. Salon services
You can now ditch your hairdresser and cut your own hair. There are a lot of free resources online on how to cut and dye your own hair.
7. Impulse purchase
Before buying a thing, try to stop and ask yourself these questions first to avoid impulse purchases
- Do I need this thing or just want it?
- How often will I use this thing? Always, sometimes or rarely
- Can I afford this thing?
- Is it on my list?
8. Home decors
I know we love decorating our rooms and houses but you can use DIYs instead of purchasing home decors. You’ll value them more when you put effort and time creating decors.
9. Excess make-up
I used to buy tons of make-up because I wasn’t confident with my skin. I wasted money on excess make-up I don’t even use. Learn to be comfortable with your skin and invest your money on quality makeup. Have a couple make up products but you can get rid of the extras and duplicates.
10. Bottled/ mineral water
Bringing water every time you go out will save you a decent amount of money.
I’m not saying I’m a minimalist but I do apply concepts of minimalism in my life. I also encourage you to dig deep in your lifestyle, excess baggages and be aware of all your belongings. Big changes in our lives starts with awareness.
What are the things you stopped buying? Write them down in the comment section.