In this day and age of online shopping, it can be difficult to adopt a minimalist lifestyle and minimalist shopping habits to help you shop more mindfully.
Although change can be hard, living a minimalist lifestyle has a few great pros – it’s more sustainable, clutter has been proven to make anxiety and depression worse (so having less can arguably help elevate our mental states), and it can save you money as a shopper.
Now, adopting minimalist shopping habits doesn’t mean that we necessarily need to give up nice things – in fact, we would argue the opposite. We would argue that adopting these habits can help you live a more curated lifestyle, one where you can truly live into your personal style and values.
So, without further ado, here are 5 minimalist shopping habits to help you shop more mindfully.
Only Make a Purchase if it Helps You Move Closer to Your Goals
If you’re not sure what your personal goals are, start by doing a bit of journaling this week. It helps to ground yourself first by writing out your values, which can help you develop your personal goals further. To further develop personal goals, try listening to some personal development podcasts such as Happier with Gretchen Rubin, or Design Your Dream Life with Natalie Bacon.
Once you’ve developed these goals a bit further, hold yourself accountable by only making purchases that help you move closer to these goals. For instance, maybe one of your goals is to declutter your walls and redecorate. Drop off your unwanted decor at your local thrift store and purchase a few art pieces that compliment your personal style and will last a lifetime.
Sahara by Siroh & Ivy
Only Make Sustainable Purchases
One way to do this is buying locally handmade goods. Buying locally helps sustain your local community and economy, brings support and joy to our neighbors, and overall makes your corner of the world a better place. Click here to learn about some other great reasons to buy handmade.
Handmade items are typically higher quality than mass produced goods, and they tend to last longer and will save you money in the long run.
Minimal Aro Ring by Rocky Pardo Jewelry
Rose Rement Cheese Board by Siroh & Ivy
Only Make Purchases that Align With Your Personal Style
The minimalist is very in tune with knowing their personal style. They cultivate their personal style in their everyday lives through their purchases and other habits. Ask yourself, does this item align with my personal style?
If you’re unsure what your personal style is, take a look at our post about cultivating your personal style and begin to unlock yours today!
Golden Gem Rise Pendant Necklace with London Blue Topaz by Ascendant Jewelry
Train Yourself to Look for Quality
Much of what we buy day to day is cheap and mass produced in other countries. Low quality goods don’t last very long, nor are they good for our planet.
Why do we buy these things? Is it the marketing? The price?
1961 Connecticut (Original Oil Painting) by Michelle Hawran
When you train yourself to look for quality, you will buy less, and buy select pieces that will last longer. For instance, an original painting vs a $5 printable. A handmade embroidered patch vs cheap iron ons. A custom bracelet that has personal meaning vs the trendy trash sitting in the checkout line at Forever 21.
Custom Patinated Mountain Bracelet by Wild Child Jewelry Designs
Plan to Shop & Set a Budget
Whether you’re shopping online or in person, plan to shop and set a budget. Turn on your quality control lenses and invest in purchases that get you closer to your personal goals and align with your personal style.
Tomentum Wall Hanging by WhimsyJuice