How much STUFF do you really need?

I think there is a common misconception about how much “stuff” we all need to have. Being the daughter of my extreme couponing mother (not an actual extreme couponer, but a woman who taught me that it’s better to buy something when it’s on sale and lots of it), I think I’ve learned a thing or two about how to get something for a good price, but it comes at a cost.

Right before boxing day, my sister and I were rambling about all of the best sales coming up. We were planning where to go, what to get, and how early we needed to wake up to secure the items we wanted. This conversation really opened my eyes, but I can’t give her all of the credit, because it was her boyfriend who says this to her countlessly. Of course, my sister (stepsister, but it feels like blood) was raised similarly to me, all thought has not been in my family for quite as long. But still, as she now lives with her boyfriend, they shop for common everyday items just like the rest of us. Their favourite store? Costco. Yes, Costco, the culprit of where we all lose money. No, wait, don’t we save money? All of these great deals, buying in bulk, great quality food, Costco has got it all. But what has Costco really given us? A money spending problem. This is where my sister comes in. So while we were all sitting, talking, and catching up, Costco is brought up and worshiped. No, seriously, Costco is not to be messed with. If you can’t buy it at Costco, there’s no space in my house for it. Every time my sister and her boyfriend go to Costco, she is always so proud of how much money they save. He, on the other hand, simply sees it as spending money, and the savings are just another number. This concept, so she says, sparks the comment of “even though you’re saving money at Costco, were still spending money.”

Recently, I have been into minimalism. This is a problem for me, seeing as I do have a lot of stuff. I know that minimalism is about having few things, and each of them meaning something to you and sparking joy but, it’s SO HARD TO GET RID OF THINGS. Listen, I buy things on sale, or anytime I can get a discount. It’s dangerous, and I have a full basket under my bathroom sink of extra products just waiting there for me to run out of something. But the problem here is that I never use what’s in the basket. I realize I’m running low on product and I go buy another one, and the extras just sit under the sink. This isn’t the only place that I hold extras of something. Just look at my desk, I swear I have 100 pens and pencils, 500 pieces of paper, colouring pencils and crayons galore, and stickers. Don’t get me started on the sticker problem.

No, not a problem, a fortune. I know I’m so fortunate to have all of the things that I do, and I’m grateful to live where I do, and be able to buy things whenever I want to. I am blessed. But I feel as if I’m misusing my power and money to buy stupid things. So, I want to use this post to introduce one of my interests to you. Over time, more posts will go up on this blog that introduce my favourite things, hobby’s, or just topics of interest, so you can learn more about me. But I’m not done talking about minimalism just yet. This is something that I find so interesting, so beautiful, and something that you need to be so in touch with yourself to really succeed at. If you’ve been so lucky to see the inside of my bedroom, then you may know that I’ve started my journey with minimalism and owning less. I hope one day that when I own a house, this is a style that I can continue with, because I do believe that owning less means having more of a connection with your things, yourself, and other people in your home. I challenge all of you to get rid of 3 things. Something you haven’t used in the past year, something that you look at and think “what even is this”, and something that reminds you of difficulty, loss, sadness, or something you simply don’t like. And for myself, I’m challenging myself to not buy unnecessary things. This means using that extras basket, finishing all of the paper and stickers until I have none left, and creating more space for things that bring me joy and that I will really use. Over time, you may see more about minimalism on my page and you may not. But next time you go to the store and make a b-line for the sale sticker, ask yourself if it’s really something you need. Think about where it will go in your space, how you will use it. How long will it last you? If you can be mindful about your purchases, then I believe that you can spend your money better, and maybe save up for something even better.

If this is your first time, thank you for being here, reading through this post, and supporting me by visiting my blog! I still have a lot of work to do, but your support means more than ever. Until more parts of my blog are up and running, follow me on my instagram, @allexxyoung so you can find all of my updates about GirlBoss Pending, and my life! Leave a comment below if you have anything you want me to write about, suggestions, what you thought about this post, or if you just want to leave some kind words! I appreciate you always, go be the best!

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