For the past couple of months I’ve been adding what would be impulse buys to a want list in Google Keep.
I add a date, write down the item and then don’t hit buy now in the store I saw it in.
And after these months I’ve learned something: I don’t really want most of those things anymore. They were a temporary wish, not a permanent one.
It is so easy to be dragged along by wants. To buy something new at the drop of a hat, deciding it is THE thing you need for your house and then seeing it truly is not after a while.
I’m considering making another list too. A list of why I don’t need certain things, just so I can keep myself from falling for a want again.
And it is funny, after this time of keeping a want list I’ve noticed there are certain things that I buy anyway.
These things are mostly books. And I am more than ok with that. Books give me joy. Reading is one of my greatest pleasures and I am so happy when a new book is ready to be explored.
And that is the essence of Joyful Minimalism in a nutshell for me, keeping the things that bring joy to my life and not bringing in the things that ultimately don’t.
And that is a great way to live for me.