52 objects - no.35

I'm sure many of you read Joslyn Taylor's blog Simple Lovely (hands down, one my favorite blogs out there) but have you ever stopped by her sister blog Operation Simplicity? It's a year long investigation into two of her New Year Resolutions; end the year with less stuff than she started and only purchase things she knows she will have for five years or more. The other day she had some great inspiration that I'm going to repeat here. I found it very thought provoking and I hope you do to. It's from this article on Zen Habits.

When you think about your things or want to purchase something new, consider these parameters:

  • It brings beauty into your life and stirs your soul.
  • It supports a passion or hobby.
  • It helps bring family and friends together in a creative and meaningful way.
  • It educates and enlightens.
  • It makes life profoundly simpler so that you can pursue more meaningful things.
  • It helps someone who is sick or incapacitated.
  • It is useful and necessary for day-to-day life.
  • It’s part of a meaningful tradition or a reminder of a special event.

You know you are buying mindlessly if you:

  • Buy on a whim.
  • Buy to impress others.
  • Buy because you feel you deserve it.
  • Buy when you can’t afford it.
  • Buy just to update something that still works or looks fine.
  • Buy because someone else has it and you want it too.
  • Buy because the advertisement seduced you.
  • Buy because you are bored.
  • It’s purchased because buying soothes you.

Now on to object number thirty-five.