We all know the feeling of buying something new — we see an item that we want and impulsively purchase it without a second thought and it feels really good… until the excitement fades and we’re left with something that takes up space in the back of our closets.
Being a self-proclaimed minimalist, I still struggle with wanting to buy new flashy items from the store, but I’ve figured out a way for me to pause and think about whether an item is a good idea to purchase or not. I ask myself five basic questions that determine the fate of the desired item.
- Is this item a need or a want? If it’s a need, can I borrow or use an alternative I already have? If it’s a want, am I willing to give one thing away in order to make space for the new item?
- Will this item add value to my life or just add to pre-existing clutter?
- Can I wait 30 days before purchasing this item?
- Why do I actually desire this item? Is it because it’s trendy? Am i just bored?
- How often will I use this item? Is there a way to rent or just have access to the item without needing to own it?
Taking a few minutes to run through these questions saved me a lot of time and money. If I impulsively purchased things I wanted every time I went in a store or scrolled on amazon, I would have things that don’t really add any value to my life.
Next time you decide to make a purchase, ask yourself these five questions and see if the item is worth making space for in your life.