I used to be that person that was guilty of buying things excessively just because something was on sale or was a good deal. And just because I really like something, doesn’t mean I need it—especially when most of the time I already own something similar. As I get older, I am learning that less really is more, and it is such a comforting and powerful mindset to possess. So, in this post I wanted to share 5 things in particular that I’ve stopped buying in excess—I still buy all of the things mentioned in this post, but nowhere near to the severity as I used to!
I’ll be the first to admit that, as much as I love having my nails painted, I absolutely despise painting them. So, even though my nail polish stash wasn’t too excessive compared to other peoples, I had still accumulated a basket full of nail polishes, most of which I barely touched. Last year, I tossed a ton of old nail polishes out, and I think I bought only one nail polish last year. It just makes sense to have 5 or 6 of my favourite shades at a time, and wait and purchase new colours as I need them (because let’s be real, no one needs 5 different shades of red at once).
I used to buy so much costume jewelry in my late teens and early 20s and majority of it ended up in the trash because it either tarnished horribly or just fell apart. And if I added up how much I spent on all of those tarnished pieces, I easily could of just treated myself to a piece of jewelry of better quality. Over the last few years, I’ve really only been wearing my good quality jewelry—a collection of pieces I’ve slowly accumulated and truly treasure, as some pieces were my grandparents, while others were gifts from loved ones. Sure, I’ll still buy a pair of inexpensive earrings or a fun statement necklace for nights out, but otherwise I try to steer clear of costume jewelry now.
Hair Styling Products
I had acquired quite a few hair styling products under my sink, and as someone who is pretty low maintenance with their hair, I really had no need for so many products. I finally managed to work my way through all of said products and it just felt so good to clear up all of that unneeded clutter. Now, I just tend to keep my essentials on hand, which are a dry shampoo, hairspray, a hair oil and some sort of treatment product, and replace them as I need them.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good affordable handbag, but there are a few brands in particular I won’t buy anymore because I know from experience how quickly they’ll fall apart on me. And like jewelry, handbags are also something that I believe is better in terms of quality over quantity. And when I say ‘quality’ I don’t mean that in terms of a $500 designer bag—you can easily get a great quality bag that’ll last you a long time for $50-$100! I donated quite a few of my handbags last year that I liked, but just never used, and I’m actually looking forward to purging a couple more that are on their last legs.
I really do love my lip products— from lipsticks and glosses to lip balms, I’ve accumulated quite a bit. However, instead of buying another nude lipstick, I’m learning to appreciate and use what I have in my collection in an effort to use some up. And since lip products—especially those with a doe foot applicator—get contaminated more easily, it makes sense to try and use those up before they go off. No doubt, I’ll still be treating myself to a new lip product here and there (I am a total lip addict after all), but no where near as often as I used to.
I think it’s really liberating to cut back on the excessive things we buy in our everyday life. It’s definitely taught me to appreciate the things I do have more, and being able to declutter and organize more easily has also helped with my anxiety.
Are any of you making an effort to buy certain things less excessively? I’d love to know!