Things I Don’t Need

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Words: Tara Button

How I Stop Buying Things I Don't Need | buymeonce.com

When I was growing up, accumulating things seemed like a right of passage through to adulthood. The choice between having and not having something was a no-brainer to me. You always want to have the thing.

My constant refrain while out shopping with my mum was “But mummy I need it! I NEED IT!” And I believed this. I could not distinguish between wanting and needing – I felt like I needed everything. And it’s easy for this mindset to continue with the only thing holding back the purchase being how much money is in your bank account.  

So I am making a list of things I don’t need to remind myself that, no matter how much money I have, I do not need everything on offer. And I’ve found this incredibly freeing. 

Everyone’s list will be different, for some people having a waffle-maker will bring joy to their lives every day and to others, it will only take up space. My list won’t be the same as yours, but it might help you to start thinking about what you don’t need. 


My Unwish List

Some gadgets really seem more problem than solution. 

Some gadgets really seem more problem than solution. 

Kitchen

  • I do not need a bread machine
  • I do not need a waffle maker
  • I do not need a smoothie maker
  • I do not need more than 4 pots
  • I do not need more than 1 frying pan
  • I do not need matching mugs

It's all too easy to have the amount of items creep up on you. 

It’s all too easy to have the amount of items creep up on you. 

Clothes and accessories

  • I do not need a watch
  • I do not need any more than 8 pairs of shoes (trainers, summer flats, winter flats, flip flops, heeled, winter boots, hiking boots, wellies, slippers)
  • I do not need more than a capsule wardrobe

I love that I can nearly run my life with just these two bits of tech.

I love that I can nearly run my life with just these two bits of tech.

Technology

  • I do not need a games console
  • I do not need a desktop computer
  • I do not need a landline
  • I do not need any DVDs
  • I do not need a Sat Nav

These are lovely, and very tempting no doubt, but what would I do with them on the other 51 weeks of the year?

These are lovely, and very tempting no doubt, but what would I do with them on the other 51 weeks of the year?

Furniture

  • I do not need any more cushions
  • I do not need to change my interior “look” constantly
  • I do not need friends’ freebies that don’t fit in my home
  • I do not need decorative tat that has no meaning to me. 
  • I do not need any ‘Seasonal’ decor e.g. Halloween cushions

This was what my treadmill looked like before I let it go, let it go. let it go. Another receptacle of clutter.  

This was what my treadmill looked like before I let it go, let it go. let it go. Another receptacle of clutter.  

Leisure

  • I do not need more musical instruments than my Guitar & Piano
  • I do not need any more gym equipment (I don’t use it)
  • I do not need any magazines (unless work related)
  • I do not need any massage/exfoliation/pampering gadgets

Getting my make up down to these items was an achievement.

Getting my make up down to these items was an achievement.

Beauty

  • I do not need any makeup other than my staple 5 (mascara, eyeshadow, concealer, lipstick, perfume)
  • I do not need any hair products other than shampoo, conditioner and serum
  • I don’t need any nail care other than clippers, file, remover, and my favourite colour

Phew, that feels better! I should say again that this is just the list of things that I personally don’t feel I need. It may be that a halloween cushion would bring you never-ending joy and happiness whenever you look upon it, in which case, by all means get one immediately! 

DO TELL ME ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU DON’T NEED IN THE COMMENTS

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