I love shopping. But I hate stuff.
See my dilemma there? It’s something I’ve battled with for a long time and I know I’m not alone in this. So I came up with a solution that works for me most of the time. It’s a strange one so you’ll have to bear with me.
I go ‘Window(s) shopping’. What I mean by this is that I go online, find a store I like the look of, go through tons of stuff, add EVERYTHING that I like to look of to my shopping cart, then go to check out, go through everything in my cart, think if this item would actually bring me any joy and if not, remove it from my cart (this usually gets rid of at least half the items). Then I bookmark the rest of the stuff (I’ve got separate bookmark folders for clothes, makeup, etc). I don’t proceed to actually make a purchase at this point.
Every once in a while I pick one of those folders, open everything in new tabs and go through them. Often a lot of the items will be out of stock by then so that eliminates even more stuff. Sometimes I will have fallen out of love with what I back in the moment thought was the bees knees. And then, quite rarely, there will be a couple of things that will stand the test of time and the multiple purges, in which case I will consider actually buying them.
This somewhat long winded process gives me time to avoid impulse purchases but I still get the enjoyment of ‘shopping’ by adding stuff to my cart and then saving them for later.
Like I said, it’s weird but it works for me!
Why did I want to write about this in my diary? Well, sometimes I need to remind myself of the things I do to attempt to reduce clutter and buying stuff I don’t actually need not just for the benefit of my wallet but our planet as well.
One small step at a time, eh?