Buy less, buy better

I’ve been thinking a lot about reorganizing and simplifying all aspects of my life, so my summer project is to do a rehaul of all the things I own. It really just comes down to: be a smarter shopper and buy less, but buy better.

With my library, I just simply do not have space to keep buying books. So I remedied that with a Kindle. As a reader though, I find the most interesting reading material while I’m browsing at a bookstore, and not at the Kindle store online, so I’m in a bit of a tough spot. It’s hard to let go of buying books; they exist for a reason. What I’m trying to do is to take down the titles of all the books I want to read and buy them at a later time for my Kindle. Books I have to scribble all over (social science and history books), I buy in hard format. Novels and anthologies, I buy for the Kindle.

I’m taking a super long time to come up with a game plan for simplifying my warddrobe because I’m simultaneously trying to buy high-quality pieces and wrestle with the fact that I’ve been a horrible shopper all these years. I obviously do not have an unlimited budget to buy tons of high-quality pieces all at once, so I’m doing it slowly. Now, couple this with a serious lack of clothes and I’ve got a problem. I am honestly not one of those people with ginormous closets who say “OMG I have no clothes to wear!” Because I’ve been such a bad shopper, all the clothes I’ve gotten in the past have either been in-the-moment purchases or purchases that don’t last/don’t fit well after a couple of washes. So they have all been donated to charity and now I am left with very little weather-appropriate clothing. Ditto for shoes.

My goal is to slowly curate all seasons-appropriate clothing and shoes that will last me a long time, and create a basic warddrobe that I won’t get sick of, and that can be wildly versatile.

To be continued…

  • elena

    It’s kind of perfect you wrote this post because I’ve been trying to buy less, buy better too. This bit, especially

    My goal is to slowly curate all seasons-appropriate clothing and shoes that will last me a long time, and create a basic wardrobe that I won’t get sick of, and that can be wildly versatile.

    It’s so hard though. I actually have A LOT of clothes, most of it was on the whim or trendy type stuff. I really need to get rid of them and try to rebuild my wardrobe. I’m tired of most of my clothes now.

  • Artemist

    I fully agree with you on the whole finding books in bookstores. There’s just something easier and much more interesting in seeing and reading them physically to see what they’re about rather then online. I wish you luck in your endeavors!

  • Alixana

    I can’t let go of physical books. The smell, the touch, the shuffling of pages… Eh.
    I have a real library and I’m so darn proud of it. But I get what you’re saying.

  • melanie

    This is great. I’ve been thinking the exact same thing. I recommend this blog http://www.deadfleurette.com/ or maybe you’ve read it.