It goes like wildfire, the challenge or the will to reduce consumption. Apparently this is the year when we seriously stop shopping and instead focus on well-being. It often goes hand in hand. The less you consume, the happier and happier you become. Quite the opposite of what the consumer society wants us to believe. Personally, I have had these thoughts for a long time and I think many with me feel the same way. I have reduced my purchases for a long time and switched to more and more second hand. I think much longer before I let something into my home and my closet.

But now I feel that I am ready to take it a step further. I'm not thinking of any kind of buy stop. Without more on a minimization. A low buy challange. Consume less simply .. Fewer purchases. More thoughtful. More heart and brain. The reasons for wanting to consume less can of course be different for everyone, maybe you want to save for something you dreamed of, break an unhealthy pattern or from a sustainable perspective. Maybe a combination of everything?

Regardless of what it is based on, I think most people are aware of all the positive effects that come with it. More time for other things such as training, projects, family and friends. More money in the bank. More time left over to have smaller things, fewer clothes to sort, wash, organize, etc ..

To cope with this challenge, I have come up with some things that make it a little easier. some may find it easier than others but for those of you who may be used to consuming a little more, these tips can hopefully also help someone more. Shall we get started? My best tips for a low buy challenge are here:

  • Unsubscribe from as many newsletters and notices as you can. Especially the ones you like the most and usually shop the most.
  • Avoid places with many stores, especially stores where you usually spend money. If you are used to an environment, say HM for example, used to the environment and the store and research shows that we are more likely to shop in stores where we feel at home. You know the candles and napkins on ikea type.
  • Leave the shopping cart, if you shop online often so have a habit of putting what you are thinking of buying in the shopping cart and come back after a week or so, do you still want the product then? It often happens that you do not understand at all why you wanted it just a week earlier.
  • Write down lists of things you think you need and plan your purchases.
  • Only buy things that you really love. If you are only going to buy one garment, then maybe it can cost a little more and also be more valuable to you.
  • Follow other people on their low buy journey and be inspired by them. eg my friend Karin who blogs at style blog

So say that we start by buying one item of clothing / accessory per month .. this means that you will probably think more carefully before you make a purchase .. Here are some good questions you can ask yourself when you think about buy something.

  1. Can I buy second hand or exchange a garment with someone instead?
  2. Do I already have something very similar to this?
  3. Can I see myself wearing this at least 30 times or more?
  4. Can I match this with things I already have?
  5. Are they really my style? Is this me?

Make rules for yourself so that you can replace / buy new if something breaks and can not be repaired. Some people think, for example, that underwear and socks are ok or gym clothes, etc. I personally feel that I can easily wear out and clean in these boxes without having to buy more. Think it is so nice when there is space left in the closet and drawers. I also think that I will not include press samples or collaborations in this, even though I have already started to say no to some things that I do not feel I can stand for but also because there will simply be too many things. Simply make rules that feel good to you.

I will return to this topic during the year to evaluate and see how it goes but also to write about the many positive side effects of consuming less. Hope you follow along and that you feel inspired for a year with less consumption you with.