I like stuff. I like buying pretty clothes and wearing them. I like decorating my home with pretty things. But more and more I keep thinking about how much stuff there is out in the world… and in my house.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to start trying to sell you on some sort of minimalist lifestyle where I survive on one outfit for 60 days or anything. I’m just venting because I have a lot of feelings about this right now.
I guess it started with the annual Nordstrom sale. Every year, I feel like I’m inundated with Nordstrom sale posts on blogs and Instagram. Buy. Buy. BUY! And every year I feel so turned off by it.
Every time I go on Poshmark, it’s more and more STUFF. And yes, I know I could just avoid it… but I have items listed and don’t want to miss a random question or offer.
Every time I open Instagram, someone is posting a brand new outfit and linking through likeittoknowit to encourage me to purchase it too. Unfollow. Unfollow. Unfollow.
Every time I check into a particular Buy/Sell Facebook group, women are bragging that they just ordered 9 more pairs of shoes… spending over $1,000 ON SHOES. Mute. Mute. Mute.
Even though I unsubscribed from all store emails back in April, every time I place an order at Old Navy for my son’s clothing, I then receive 5 sale emails within a week to encourage me to buy more. UNSUBSCRIBE.
I’m not against buying things!
I like to buy things.
I’m just getting really sick of this constant MORE MORE MORE messaging.
On my end, I’ve toned down any type of ‘new stuff’ posts on the blog. I’ve gotten more into second-hand finds and purging what I’m no longer in love with. I encourage you all to try thrifting (because it’s awesome and reduces waste in the world too).
I try really hard not to say ‘you NEED this!’ because usually it’s not a necessity. I very rarely buy anything retail and if I do, 95% of the time it’s on sale. I’m trying to be more thoughtful about my purchases. I do love my Rothy’s, but I wait until I have enough referral credits before I add a new pair to my shopping cart.
I don’t have a hard and fast “one in one out” policy with my purchases… but I do continuously keep on top of items that don’t make me feel great about myself and I regularly sell or donate.
I started using Feedly to organize my blog reading so that I could avoid clicking on any blatant buy buy buy posts (including ALL of them about the Nordstrom sale). I didn’t need the temptation and honestly didn’t want to reward the bloggers with clicks on their Nordstrom sale posts.
It is fine if I go searching for something in particular to purchase, but I didn’t need the constant lure of stuff I didn’t need.
I guess that’s the point that I’m trying to get to… buying things isn’t bad. Having nice things isn’t bad. I’m just so sick of the constant advertising to buy more and more and more.
Here’s the thing. Like I said before, I like pretty things. And I am one of those people who share my outfit photos on Instagram (but I don’t link to the items to purchase).
I occasionally will include links to items in a blog post if I love them, in case you wanted to know where I got something. I’m not trying to encourage people to buy, buy, buy… but I admit, it could come off that way.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this!