At the start of the year I starting thinking about minimalism and the items I owned a whole lot more. In my last blog post I talked about the things I wanted to declutter even further this year. I’ve kinda dibbed in and out of the idea of a spending ban and in January although I wasn’t strict with myself and I didn’t write out a list of rules, mentally I said to myself I wanted to set myself the challenge.
For me it’s more about being aware of what I’m buying, how often and how much. I still think it’s important to purchase the items you want and to be able to treat yourself after all we don’t work our arses off our whole lives for nothing right? Everyone has priorities and for some this may be buying all the clothes and homeware you’re lusting over and for others like myself you might prioritise saving your money for travelling, experiences and a house. Not saying you can’t have it all though. Everyone will have their own opinion on this and their own ideas of what is a waste of money and what’s not to them.
I knew I had to save as much money as possible ready for my move to London in the summer so with that in mind I made a huge effort to cut down on my spending habits. I’m really pleased with how I did throughout January. Looking back at my bank account the majority of it is bills, fuel and necessities. Here’s how I’ve been doing it.
IDENTIFYING WHY IT WOULD BE A GOOD BUY
I think it’s important to really be using the items you’re purchasing. I know everyone has items in their wardrobe that still have tags on or items you totally regret buying. If we just took a little bit more time to think about whether really need that item we’re currently lusting over, it’s important to think about how beneficial it will be, is it something we can wear time and time again and style in multiple ways? If not you should probably walk away.
TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE
It’s time to start really appreciating the clothes you already own, shop your wardrobe instead of the the sales. If there’s items you haven’t worn in a while bring them right to the front of your wardrobe and spend some time styling them in a way you haven’t tried before. Take to Pinterest for inspiration and get creative.
If there’s an item you can’t part with but aren’t wearing get crafty with the scissors, cutting off the sleeves of a top or cropping it can really change it up. Other suggestions are tying a knot at the front or tearing rips in your jeans.
AVOID THE SHOPS
Honestly I completely avoided the shops last month, I spent my lunch breaks staying in and getting some reading done which might sound awful to some of you but made me feel so much better within myself. I managed to get through books a lot quicker while also being distracted from making any unnecessary purchases. There are so many other things to do other than shopping, I found myself going for walks, exploring new places and spending more time on my blog.
TRACKING MY SAVINGS
With the plan to move to the capital in summer I’m trying to save as much as physically possible before hand to take with me. Although I can’t avoid sending money on things like fuel, food and bills. I can be more conscious of what I’m spending on luxuries. It’s super handy to be able to track my income and outgoings on my phone, it definitely helps with managing money and the saving process.
I’m not going completely insane and setting strict rules. I’ve still been rewarding myself with little treats here and there and if I see a good bargain or something I really want I haven’t held back. I’ve been enjoying acting on these little changes, it’s also about the minimalistic journey, learning to live with a lot less.