Minimalism | What Happened When I Stopped Shopping for Six Months

Last year I underwent a six month shopping fast. I didn’t buy anything for my wardrobe between the start of July and end of December.

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When I started it, I did so for two reasons.

  1. I was at the end of my shopping budget.
  2. I wanted to enjoy the freedom of not shopping.

This is the second shopping fast I have completed. Taking a periodic break from shopping is an excellent idea. Below I have listed some of the benefits from not shopping over an extended period of time.

  • You have time to identify your true style.
  • You develop more mindful shopping behaviours.
  • You learn to appreciate what you already have.
  • You save some money.
  • You focus less on the superficial.
  • You get more free time in your life.

In the video below I discuss my shopping fast in more detail. Check out my YouTube channel for new videos about minimalism every week. Follow me on Instagram, where I record my minimalist outfits. Check me out on Facebook for resources and updates. I also have a Patreon account, where for a small donation you can view additional content. This week’s Patreon post is about minimalism and goal setting.

I would also like to add that I’m planning on doing a Q&A video in the next month or so, so please feel free to ask me any questions you want to! ❤

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13 Comments

  1. I totally love this. I’ve now gone two years buying only fair trade and organic – which means automatically that I buy less and more planfully. “How will this fit, and how much use will it get?” And it matters to me that unseen persons are supported by my choices, rather than suffering from them.

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  2. I didn’t do a planned shopping fast. I keep a list of items I want and ended up not buying anything for about 5 months. It was quite helpful to be focused finding the right pieces and not buy items I might not really love.
    I just bought a new dress that should layer with a lot of my existing closet. Also I replaced a pair of everyday shoes that were worn out. My list has three items left that I will buy this year if I find them.

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  3. Hey, I love this idea! One of my goals for 2018 is to minimise my wardrobe and make it more sustainable. After reading this post, I’m going to set my own shopping ban to encourage me further. Thank you for the excellent tips and information ^-^ x

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  4. I just discovered your blog and I really dig it. The number of wardrobe items I have are similar to yours. My entire wardrobe, excluding underwear, socks and pyjamas is 40 items, 6 pairs of shoes and 4 bags. I would like to hear your thoughts for your Q&A video on wardrobe purging – Have you ever found yourself addicted to purging items once the process started for you? Do you now feel uncomfortable owning beyond a certain number of items since you became a minimalist?

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