Posts Tagged ‘simplifying and decluttering’

Simplifying and decluttering #2: Beauty

I’m not a huge beauty buff but I started building a beauty routine over the last two years, and the routine is a product of blunders and errors. When I first started exploring skincare, I was, as usual, a horrible shopper. I bought things on whim without researching, and neglected them just as easily after I purchased them. The biggest problem with beauty is not buying on whim, but buying without knowledge. The beauty market is a shit hole of products because you are made to feel like you need everything, and while the same can be said of luxury items, at least luxury items are on a scale where affordability is what can hold you back from purchasing. Five dollar cleansers? Well, you can buy four bottles and still not feel that bad. But the dollars add up and so does the clutter. Oh dear god, the clutter.

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Simplifying and decluttering #1: The wallet

If there are two things I must absolutely get for the summer, it’s a wallet and a pair of durable and comfortable flats*.

I’ve had many a wallet in the past 5 years, and while I outgrew some, the others were Bad Purchases. If there’s one piece of advice I have to give about simplifying, decluttering, buying less and buying better, it’s this:

Do not — and I mean it, do not — think that buying something cheaper or buying something to “tide you over” is a good idea. Whatever you’re planning on putting down hard-earned money to buy, be it a pair of shoes or some fancy technology, once you make it a goal, stick to it, work towards it, and don’t let other items distract you along the way.

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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…