Lately I seem to be focusing a lot on ‘things’. Reflecting on what they once meant to me, and how I clung onto these things as if I truly needed them to be better – A better person, more attractive, happier, more intelligent, more organised, entertained….you get the drift.
The reality is there’s not much in the world we actually need. We survived the caveman years living off what we could muster, and now turn the clock forward to 2019 and we’re ‘surviving’ off overindulgence/over everything…more, more, more!
We think we need the grams, the likes, the wiz-fix creams, trendy gadgets, and the latest and greatest. We don’t, we can live a simpler life and be happy, even happier.
I’ll admit, simplifying your life and the ‘things’ you let in isn’t easy, it takes time to retune your brain to turn these ‘needs’ off. It takes a plan and constant checking-in with yourself, but what you get back in return for sticking to it is more time, money, happiness and a chance to breathe!
After going through my own journey of simplifying my life I know longer need these things I once clung onto for ‘dear betterment’.
So here goes, below is a list of things I no longer buy to simplify my life:
Food & Drink:
- Frozen ready-meals
- Pre-prepared vegetables
- Bottled water
- Health bars
- Energy drinks
- ‘Trendy’ foods
- Takeaways (Except the odd late-night Kebab shop visit)
Clothing & Accessories:
- Anything ‘on trend’
- More than enough socks
- Costume clothing and jewellery
- ‘Going out dresses’
- Multiple handbags and purses
- Sprays for this, that, and the other issue I didn’t realise I had?
- Coloured eyeshadow (no one wants to see me with purple lids)
- Body wash
- At home hair dyes
- Eye cream (I have one good quality moisturiser)
- Nail polish
- Makeup remover
Household & Other:
- Room spray
- Fabric softener
- New technology (quality second-hand is just as good)
- Subscription upgrades