ECO BITES: #LIFEOVERSTUFF AND WHAT MAKES CONSUMERS TICK
Consumerism has been on my mind lately. I'm feeling extremely closed in and suffocated by the objects in my life. It's like they are a weighing me down. I'm feeling a massive cleanse/clear out/de clutter is what I need, to not only clear out the energy in my home, but also clear my head and make space for new fresh ideas and inner calmness. The quest to live a simple more streamlined life really does go against a life time of social conditioning to collect objects. Shopping is a viewed as leisure activity, something to do with friends, and having stuff is aspirational, a status symbol of sorts. Here is what I've been reading on this subject.....
Jennifer's (Eco Warrior Princess) #LifeOverStuff challenge/experiment has really come a perfect time for me. She will be counting her household items to take stock of how much stuff we live with and to take stock of what truly need to be happy. Week 1 was the bathroom. I counted about 180 items in mine but I do have a huge cupboard in my laundry with more bathroom items that I'm yet to count (OMG!).
Yes this article reads like a bit of an advertisement but I like what it's saying. I especially love the idea behind the Buy Me Once website. People are still going to buy things and if you are going to make a purchase, buy well and buy quality should be the mantra and this website is perfect for those of us feeling a bit of fatigue when seeking out what we should buy. I've noticed a growing movement away from fast fashion/cheap items and towards a renewed appreciation of well-crafted and designed items. Hoorah!
Every thanksgiving, I'm always horrified about the images coming out of the states of the bulging crowds, injuries and even deaths in the pursuit of a bargain. Consumer culture really is toxic. This article explains the psychology behind consumerism and how the pursuit of wealth is causing unhappiness.
Well, I'm off to de-clutter.......have a great weekend darlings!