The Relief of Not Shopping

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

Yes, you heard me right. There is a sense of relief in not purchasing new things for your wardrobe. Perhaps you can relate, if you’ve experienced it before.

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I have been minimising my belongings since last January, and though I have considerably slowed my spending, I still consume actively. What I mean by that, is that I’m still considering purchasing things a lot of the time, even when I don’t physically buy things.

That is not necessarily a bad thing. I consider my purchases because I want to make sure I’m getting the most appropriate items, to reduce clutter and waste in the future. This has been how I have managed to build a small wardrobe that suits my needs. The analysis and evaluation can get draining though.

My wardrobe shopping fast has given me a break from that. In setting boundaries for what I can and cannot buy, I have given myself a sense of freedom. I feel a sense of relief because I am not thinking about what might be out there and which is the best product to suit my needs. I feel a sense of relief because I don’t have to worry about it, I have no choice but to simply enjoy what I have.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Below is a video on the topic. Check out my YouTube channel for new minimalist videos every week, my Instagram account for daily outfits, and my Facebook account for minimalist resources and updates. I also have a Patreon account where for a small donation you can view additional content.



  1. It’s so refreshing to hear about someone else doing this. I am also a wardrobe minimalist and some people just don’t understand why. It’s the time and energy that you get to redirect- so much to gain.

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    1. My general life goal is to spend even less time shopping, and keep it down to a few items every year, so that items I do buy last ages. It’s a long process to get there because I do find getting dressed a creative outlet, so the real challenge is diverting that creativity elsewhere, and finding items that I’m likely to love for years. TRICKY!

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  2. A few trips to the goodwill with things purchased in haste teaches me so much. I have always been a one in/ one out gal but am finding I don’t replace the outies as often unless it is a piece I will use for a long time and feel great everytime I put it on.

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  3. I went to a formal wedding this past weekend and it was an amazing relief to NOT have to shop for a dress I couldn’t afford most likely, stress over what the best combination of chic and affordable, and then worry over whether or not it was enough. I just packed my nicest one and went with it. And it turned out beautifully.

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  4. I like that you mention that even minimizing doesn’t remove the stress of choosing which pieces go into your wardrobe. Thinking about whether a piece fits in with your other clothing can be as stressful as shopping for something new sometimes! Thank you for the post!

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