Spending money on stuff isn’t minimalist, I think we can all agree on that. But are there scenarios where spending money and buying something is exactly the right thing to do and actually helps you on your journey to minimalism?I’d argue that yes, there are times when spending money on something is actually beneficial even though it may feel counterintuitive.
For years, we always bought the cheapest thing in a bid to save money, or in my case because I’m a professional Yorkshireman and we’re known for our frugal ways!
Doing stuff on the cheap always, without fail, meant we ended up spending more money down the line and accumulating more stuff. Cheap things break, they need replacing or fixing and you end up spending money on replacements and repairs. You end up with twice as many things as you started with and numerous repair bits and bobs and tools that you wouldn’t have needed had you bought the better, usually more expensive thing, in the first place.
Replacing the piles of broken and shoddily repaired items in our home, whether that’s bike panniers that aren’t quite right and need to be tied with string to the bike or a hoover that has tape around the hose to hold it together, is money well spent.
(The picture above is a classic example!)
Spending more money and buying the right item once is far more economically and environmentally friendly than continuing to bring a stream of ‘it’ll do’ items into our home.
As part of the big declutter we are buying only the items we need and buying the right thing the first time round, thereby allowing us to get rid of drawers of useless items.
From now on, we’re doing it once, and doing it right.