Minimalism // What I no longer buy.

I love minimalism. The philosophy of it, the tools it gives to everyone and the whole society around it. It’s not only about getting rid of stuff – but today I want to touch on this subject.

I wrote about this whole minimalism-idea in one of the previous post. However, I didn’t touch on this more specifically. And what is more important, I didn’t go personally in it – which here you might see for a change. Before reading through – everything I let go is good for me, but for other people may not be – it’s my own personal choice. So if you think I made a wrong decision or I’m just wrong, remember it’s my own perspective on this.

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make-up.

Here you might be surprised. I never was a type of woman who takes two hours in the morning just to make my eyebrows look perfect. I have nothing against those type of people, even more, I have quite some respect for them. Because how they manage their time is quite awesome. If I was to take two hours from my morning routine, then I wouldn’t eat, shower etc. Quite impossible to live like that for me.

Of course, I may be over exaggerating. You could have this one mascara and one lipstick and get ready in a few minutes. I sometimes do it too, but I don’t buy it anymore. I stopped wearing almost any makeup somewhere between July and August because of work and holidays and I just continued like that even after. Never have I ever felt better, freer and more confident than now. My skin isn’t perfect: I have a lot of acne now for a couple of reasons, but I’m not ashamed of it. Shit happens, as they say.

I own maybe two lipsticks, eyebrow mascara, highlighter and some concealer in a stick; everything fits in one small make-up bag. I don’t even have mascara anymore, and oh lord, my eyelashes have never been longer than now! Once I borrowed it from one friend and my partner immediately said that my eyelashes look really extended. In my opinion, worth it. And you spend so much less money.

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cheap shoes.

Let me explain myself because this one here sounds quite pretentious. I’m by no means a rich person, I’m rather below average, a quite poor student that only recently started saving money. So why give up on cheap shoes when saving money? Exactly because of that reason. Don’t get me wrong; I used to buy the cheapest sneakers since I remember, looking only at the price tag, not at the quality or the material it was made of. Even when my mother suggested to get something better, I always said: “Why to waste money?” (I still have the problem to buy some more expensive things).

It’s because if I buy something poor quality, it usually won’t last long, especially when it comes to shoes. Those cheapest sneakers that I used to buy lasted me maybe three to four months and then I had to rebuy them. It means around three times per year I had to buy one type of shoes, instead of buying one good pair for one to two years.

Actually, I don’t know why I have never thought about that in this context before. It’s my partner that has opened my eyes: you use the same shoes every day, so they have to be comfortable and last long. He couldn’t explain it more logically. I tend to wear the same thing constantly if I really like it, so I never have many pairs of shoes. If I have only one, let’s say, spring/autumn sneakers, why not invest in something that lasts longer?

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CDs and books.

I have maybe around 6 or 7 music CDs that I have collected since the high school times. Most of them were gifts, some of them I purchased myself – there aren’t so many anyway.  It was always too much money for me to buy one, If I came to do it, it was because of how much I enjoyed the band. But still – for a student on a part-time job it’s not affordable to buy CDs, even to go to concerts as often. Nowadays I just enjoy music on YouTube. Less stuff in your room, more money in the pocket. Simple.

When it comes to books: almost 90% of the books I own are gifts from people. This 10% is those type of literature you can’t get in the library. And I love libraries; I would spend a lot of my free time there If I have any nice one close to me (there’s one, but it’s more for the kids from nearest secondary school). So buying any books makes no sense to me, when I can just go to the closest library and grab what I need and just pay a funny amount of money for the library card.

I hope all this makes any sense because I was writing this when sick and quite tired after a run. But this type of post was in my head for quite a while – I had to put it out there eventually.

Have a nice weekend everyone! See you on Tuesday with a new post (sneak peak: it will be a quite different topic than anything I have written about before).

Author: againorway

student, Norway-lover, artist, dreamer, book worm

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