Minimal Living – Things I No Longer Buy or Own

Minimal Living No.1 - Things I No Longer Buy or Own

Tip #1 – Don’t buy so much

As I’ve said before, being a minimalist and practicing minimal living is different for everyone. For me though, it involves keeping the things I love most, close. And that includes people. Every thing, and every one else, pretty much has gotta go.

I’ve been on this train a few years now and it has seriously improved my quality of life. Decisions are easier, I save more money, the space around me is more positive and open, and the relationships I’ve maintained are deeper and more fulfilling.

Many people view minimal living as a fad, as the new trend and as something only possible for the white and rich. For me though, it’s a lifestyle. One that isn’t hard at all, and one that I enjoy thoroughly.

To nurture and improve my quest for minimal living, there are a number of things I no longer own, buy or partake in. As time goes on, this list evolves but for now, here’s where I’m at.


Shoes, clothes, handbags etc. are purchased very few and far between, and they are never trendy. I buy things I think would last and are multifunctional. I never buy one occasion type stuff. Currently I own a majority black closet as it’s easy to dress up and down. In my 20s I had closets full of shoes, but nowadays I own six pairs. Three for work (one brown, one tan and one black), one ballet flats, one pair of sandals and one wedge. I’m not the woman to come check if you need a pair of heels. I believe I still have too much and hold on to things I know I won’t wear in the near future, but managing a closet is always a work in progress I guess.

Beauty items

Staples only. This is so easy to get carried away with and boy was I carried. Now I only buy what I intend to use and I no longer have collector items. Contrary to popular belief, makeup and skincare and other beauty items do have expiry dates. Dates that many of us tend to ignore – hello mascara! I only buy when I’ve run out (if I run on this notion for makeup I’d probably never have to buy makeup again, lol) and I choose the companies I support very wisely.


That ricotta cheese and the patchoi that I have grand plans to use. Sigh. Time and time again they sit unused, until they’re thrown out. I’ve reverted to only buying fresh food and produce when I’m going to cook it with no more piling up just in case or when I have grandiose plans of being adventurous. And only foods I enjoy. Say goodbye to kale and cassava!

House stuff

Now that I have my own home, decorating it is a dream and oh so easy to get carried away with. I’ve had to re-think putting items on every counter and filling my walls with unnecessary junk. It adds up to quite a fee and takes way too much time cleaning and maintaining. I hate clutter but hate cleaning even more. Instead, I’ve now taken up with plants. They keep me busy, make me happy, cleans my air and looks beautiful in my new home. I’m even getting rid of most of my beloved scented candles! Most of these things no longer bring me authentic joy. So then what’s the point?

Gadgets and Trendy Stuff

Should I really get that smartwatch? Yeah I sure want to! But I’m thinking long and hard about it. I was never into keeping up with the latest technology but we do own quite the bunch. Those darn sales are our achilles heel I swear. This one is definitely a challenge but we’re working on it, we’re working!


My beloved books. Y’all I had hundreds. Even thousands. Most of which got destroyed due to water damage and I still wince every time I think about them. Fact is though, they were mostly boxed up due to lack of space and to be quite honest, I didn’t miss them. I mean I love looking at them, sometimes I even go back and pull from the collection and have another read, but they take up so much space. I’ve decided to keep the ones I really love and the others, lend to family and friends (because lol, I never get them back) and donate the ones I don’t think I need in my collection at all. I’m also going to invest in an e-reader. That way I can have all stored in one place in a cloud somewhere. I can read anytime, anywhere and at any pace.


I’m the Santa in my social circle. For sure! Christmas and birthdays are my thing. But you know what I’ve found after many years of gift giving? That gifts are used a couple times at most and then discarded. I’d say 95% of the time. Unless it’s something like jewelry or perfume that you know for a fact is to the person’s taste, you’re really shooting in the dark. OMG don’t even talk about kids. The novelty wears off real quick. So with that said, I still love giving gifts and I still give them, but now I give experiences rather than material goods. They’re longer lasting, make a bigger impact and adds more value.

Dryer sheets

Two words. Dryer balls. I love mine! They save on so much money and waste. Never going back.


Your girl loves to travel no doubt about that. And my mom loves the good ole souvenir from everywhere her kids go. Nowadays though, she gets goodies that are edible native to where we’ve been. If I see something truly unique that she’d enjoy, sure I’d indulge, but no more to the tea mugs I usually buy my father. He always reverts to his old trusty beat up ones from decades ago anyway.

And that’s where I’m at for the moment. What about you? Are there any areas you’d like to taper down?

…and tell me, what more about minimal living would you like to see on One Pot Living?

Thanks for stopping by!

More on minimal living ~ How I save money and live my best life and How I live a simple life in a crazy modern world.




  Comments: 27

27 responses to “Minimal Living – Things I No Longer Buy or Own”

  1. susan says:

    I loved your post and it reminded me of when I moved across the country and started my minimalist lifestyle. I also think I will be giving experiences instead of gifts for the holidays, that is brilliant!

  2. Casey says:

    So so helpful! I’ve been hoping to cut back myself but it’s hard to know where to start!

  3. Sean says:

    Good insight into minimal living. It’s crazy how hard it is to let go of things.

  4. Joann says:

    Great tips! It is liberating to buy and have less. One rule I live by is if I do buy something new it has to replace something else. 1 thing in and 1 thing out.

  5. Michelle says:

    Loved this! I’ve been considering a minamilist lifestyle for when I finally move out! Thanks for sharing ?

  6. paige says:

    this is such a helpful post and a great insight into minimal living – definitely going to stop buying some of these as well 🙂

  7. Love this! I started the minimalist lifestyle several months ago and would never look back. It truly is freeing! However, I still have so much to learn (especially when it comes to my own ricotta cheese in the fridge).

  8. So many things I buy extra of that I don’t need! Especially food!! Sunday night when I go grocery shopping I buy so many things with the intention of cooking it, Saturday night when the week is over I am throwing it out!

  9. Good to hear you are cutting back on consumption! We have also been going towards the minimalist lifestyle, and I’ve got to say it’s so much less stressful than having all the stuff to clean and worry about. I wrote a post touching the subject of minimalism from the perspective of how we now “own” a lot more digital products than before. Give it a read, if it interests you 🙂

  10. Laura Allen says:

    Girl I needed to read this post! It’s so hard to live a minimal life, but I am finding it’s EASIER, it’s healthier and just better for me overall. And it ALL started when I decluttered my vanity… I had SO MUCH I wasn’t even using. It came to me as a total shock, and I realized I didn’t always need “more” thank you so much for “Waking” me up girl! xoxo

  11. Right! There are so many things people REALLY don’t need or need to buy so often!

  12. Kaylee says:

    I love it. Reminds me of myself. It could be hard at times but well worth it.

  13. Gena says:

    I absolutely love the idea and support it 100% when it comes to every aspect of our life. I think we often confuse “need” and “want”!

  14. Marielle says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I’m so interested in minimalism and I love reading posts about it. I’m trying to cut down on buying unnecessary things and posts like this inspire me to do that:)

  15. cara says:

    Love this post! I wouldn’t consider myself a minimalist, but over the past few years I’ve tried really hard to be more conscientious of what I buy and what I have in my home. The hardest part has been going through all our “stuff” and helping my husband understand we don’t need to hold onto everything. We too are big fans of gifting and receiving experiences for Christmas and birthdays rather than gift items that the person may or may not use/want. Great post!

  16. I love the idea of minimal living. Have been practicing it for a while and really enjoying it. The hardest part will be saying goodbye to my collection of designer shoes but then again I never wear them and someone else might enjoy them more.

  17. I recently ate my way through the freezer and pantry to reduce the stockpile. Hubby thought some of the meals were crazy and panicked a bit when the pantry got bare, but I didn’t grocery shop until we ran out and now I’m only really buying what we need for a week. Great post on reducing!

  18. Sukanya says:

    That is true about books. These indeed take up so much space and most of the books once you have read, are no more needed. I too donate to a local library here after reading.

  19. As a collector of collections, I could never be a minimalist, but I am always trying to be more thoughtful about what I spend money on. If it’s not something that brings me joy or something that I will use, do I really need it? Probably not. However, souvenirs are something I will never stop buying! I’m a sucker for mementos ?

  20. Anita says:

    Excatly! So freeing to not be so focused on all the stuff all the time.
    I’m still not done minimizing, which I believe to be a continuous work-in-progress. But, the more I rid myself of, the brighter I feel, and it’s great. Especially the mindful spending part is essential for me. I still can’t believe how much useless stuff I used to buy.


  21. Rosemary says:

    Love this post and approach to life. I adopted a minimalist lifestyle when I started traveling three years ago and I LOVE it. You said it best…decisions are much easier to make and so much more money is saved! Like you I cherish experiences over things and I go for edible gifts for friends/family over objects. Keep it up. You can’t go back!!

  22. Moni says:

    Great minimalist ideas!

  23. aditi says:

    ah how I wish i can follow this lifestyle, good to know that you are able to, keep it up

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