In December last year I took on a buy nothing experiment. I started feeling tired and frustrated because of making even one-time purchases, for which I had decided as a minimalist. Those new things disappointed me, because they didn’t meet my expectations, needs. They didn’t improve the quality of my life, nor my well-being. My happiness hadn’t grown after those purchases. And they took place on my shelves and needed my care, my attention.
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I have decided to start a half a year without buying. The article where I introduced the subject and my task is here.
The idea was not buying items for my personal use. I wrote down several exceptions.
Did I not buy for half a year?
Yes! The only things which entered my shelves – by accident – were 7 pairs of socks. My husband once needed such a purchase quickly on our way. I bought. Then I learned that socks of my choice are terrible 😉 So I took the cool socks to my wardrobe.
But I did not buy anything from the list of a few things, the purchase of which I allowed, if necessary (that is, if the previous item gets worn out).
So I haven’t bought any books, magazines, candles, inventions, electronics, jewelry, clothing, magical cosmetics.
How does that feel?
Great. In fact, before my buy nothing experiment I had already bought not much, but now I had eliminated the one-time purchases of items that promised much, but from experience I knew that they probably would make me disappointed.
Our quality of life and level of happiness come from inside us. From the soul, consciousness, personality, thoughts or anything like that.
Items change the scenery of our lives. Sometimes they change how we feel. But they rarely change the sense of our lives and the quality of it.
Does society have noticed something? Don’t I look neglected?
I have clothes in good condition, because when I have a little of them, I have more time to take care of. I also faster notice that something starts to look bad and it must be repaired or replaced.
I do not smell badly nor my skin falls off despite buying no clays, brushes for daily massaging the skin or other hocus-abracadabra cosmetics.
Already a year ago I accepted the fact that I am not able to read any book second time. Even a fantastic one. Even one that has changed a lot in my life. So I borrow from the library. In this way I was able to listen even to the 4-hour working week by Tim Ferris. Without investing money without committing to the next shop shelves in his home. When something is not in libraries, I look for an ebook.
Buy nothing experiment – go ahead, try it!
So, if you want an experiment, saving money, anti-consumerism, ecology or minimalism – and the buy nothing experiment combines all of these features, do not worry! You can do it! You will miss nothing. You will gain lightness and much more.