Online shopping in the pandemic has been quite a challenge for a lot of people. Not only are there more products online than ever, which means more temptation, but there are also a lot of aesthetic items you just want to buy in a set to kickstart the home improvement or home office setup of your dreams. For minimalists, it is an especially trying time.
Keep these in mind if you want to stick to your minimalist life in 2021:
Ask yourself why you are buying an item
When we are facing stressful times, we cope in different ways. For many, during the pandemic, one of the coping mechanisms was online shopping. As we spent more time indoors, we took a long look at our spaces and decided they need an upgrade. But also, it was just really tempting to buy stuff. It gets you busy, and you get that rush that often comes with traditional in-mall shopping. For minimalists, this might mean adding clutter to your space, which is the opposite of what your lifestyle suggests. So when you get the urge to buy something, ask yourself why. Take a look at your mood and consider whether the purchase is essential. If you’re mad, sad, stressed, or feeling anxious, add the item to your list but don’t finalize the purchase until you feel calmer.
Ask yourself what the item is replacing
For those who are new to minimalism, there might be items you do need to buy to get started on your journey. For instance, you may need containers where you can store your essentials so that they minimize clutter in your room. If you are in need of more kitchen canisters, go ahead and buy them. If you are buying an item that is meant to replace the one you previously already owned, such as a face mask, you may also go ahead and buy them. Now, while you are face mask online shopping and you see more items that could be added to your skincare routine, ask yourself if they are essentials as well.
Ask yourself about the costs
Minimalism is often associated with long-lasting but expensive items of high quality, making them an inaccessible lifestyle for many. The truth is, anyone can be a minimalist regardless of their budget. In fact, some have used minimalism as a way to get out of debt. When you are living with just the essentials, you need to be critical about the items you are adding into your life, and what they contribute to your happiness. Material things need not govern your life. And if you already own items that serve you well, there is no need to buy them in favor of items that commercialized minimalism urges you to buy. Minimalism should give you a long look at your finances so that you can understand how much you are spending, and why.
Living as a minimalist means being aware of your possessions and not allowing “stuff” to control your life. Remember this especially when you’re staying at home all the time.