Shopping in western society has changed from a necessity to a hobby, and for some, it’s a strangling addiction. Whether your addiction is minimal or all-consuming, it’s not healthy for your mind, bank account, the makers, and the planet. It needs to stop now. Here’s why.
One thing I’ve learned in the last few years after listening to podcasts, TED talks, and reading educational books, is the more stuff you have in your life, the more stressed you become.
Think about it.
Each item you own has a certain amount of maintenance which must be kept up or else it will become redundant and join the mountain of shit in your cupboard.
Your t-shirt gets a hole and needs a repair, your watch has gone out of time and requires a new battery, your ornament must be dusted at least three times a week otherwise it looks terrible, and the pair of leather sandals you bought last week is too tight. This involves a trip to the seamstress, watch doctor, cobbler, and dusting daily.
I don’t know about you, but I feel stressed just looking at this list of things to do.
Why bother stressing about STUFF when you can enjoy LIFE? If you allow fewer THINGS to come into your home, you have more TIME to spend doing what you love.
2. Bank account
This one is pretty obvious. If you are addicted to shopping, your bank account will take a bashing. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say to me “I can’t afford to shop ethically” as they proceed to shop weekly at the mall. Shopping ethically may not be what we are talking about here, but to me, having an ‘ethical’ or ‘sustainable’ take on shopping also means doing it less, and doing it well.
Let’s do the maths.
If you spend $50 each weekend on four items, this leads to a budget of approximately $200 each month, plus a closet full of items you probably won’t have time to wear more than twice a year, unless you are Katy Perry and have mastered the art of quick outfit changes. With $150 or less, you can thoughtfully choose and buy 1-2 good quality items each month which are high quality, used regularly, and that you feel amazing in.