Whether you prefer beingtidy or messy, it’s a fact that the mind performs better when the physical space surrounding the body is organized, and everything is where it should be.
The major selling point of a minimalist lifestyle is hinged on the basic fact that, the more clutter-free lifestyle we adopt, the more peaceful and freer we become.
We all have set(s) of clothing that we wear on a repetitive basis and also another set that does not get to see the light of the day.
Impulse buys, blouses or jeans that don’t fit, aparticular dress that looked great in the store but now looks so-so are crowding our closet to the point that when we actually want to wear something beautiful, we are unable to make a decision.
ldutko/Shutterstock: Mindful ways to become a better consumer
It promotes the mindset of buying more because you have “nothing to wear.” To free yourself from this thinking, you need to adopt these habits to be mindful of where your money is going.
Discard the Unnecessary
New Africa/Shutterstock: Get rid of the things you don’t want from the closet
Once every six months, try to sit down and organize your wardrobe. Many pieces will emerge that don’t fit, don’t prefer, or have faded. Try to recycle or donate the purged clothing.
Next time you step out to shop, be mindful of the last discarding process, make a mental list of why you threw away those clothes, and measure it against prospective purchases.
Add and Forget
TZIDO SUN/Shutterstock: Don’t buy impulsively
Most of the impulse buying occurs when we have too much time on our hands, or there is a sale for items that don’t fulfill the criteria of ‘need.’
The best way to combat this is if you really want to buy something on a whim, try adding it to your wishlist or cart and walk away. After a few hours when the buying frenzy has calmed down, sit back down and evaluate – do you really require this? What purpose will it serve? Do you already have something that can easily replace the purchase?
These questions help to prioritize and save money.
Avoid Fast Fashion
We live in a world where a new trend can catch limelight very fast and make all the right noise. While you may feel inclined to hop on that bandwagon, we recommend you pause and consider the fad’s life.
They are usually short-lived. Even though you may have some fun with the outfit, it will quickly become outdated.
Tone it Down
Opt for simpler styles and patterns that can be styled easily and paired with multiple things in your wardrobe. Clothing that only goes with specific items leaves you with very few choices and a sinking feeling of regret.
Supporting Thoughtful Brands
Some brands have been embroiled in disputes of child labor or production methods that harm the environment. As consumers, it is our responsibility to show support to those entities, making an actual difference and a positive change.
It may take some time to build up these good habits, but your finances and mental health will be better off.