As a minimalist, I always try to be very mindful
and intentional about the things that I'm buying and what I'm spending my money on. And so in this
video today, I'm going to share with you 10 things I'm not buying in 2021. And I mentioned in one of
my previous videos that I wanted to do a no-buy year for certain categories of items, so today I'm
going to share with you what they are and also of course what my reasons are for not wanting to
buy them this year. Hey my friends, welcome back to the channel where you can get weekly
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you're not already so you'll never miss a video, and let's begin. So these are 10 things that I
specifically set a goal for myself not to buy in 2021. And I also have a list of 50 things
that I don't buy anymore, I will leave that in the description box if you want to check it out.
But these are more things that I never really buy anymore, so of course that also goes for 2021.
this year, I really set a specific goal for these 10 specific things that I won't be buying them.
Either because I have enough or because I stopped using them or because I switched over to something
new or something better. And before we begin, I quickly want to thank everyone who already signed
up for my new online course called Unhurried, the 30 day slow living program. And it's just amazing
to see so many people already participating. If you want to start your new year in a new way,
start it more mindfully, more intentionally, then you can still join. The program starts as
soon as you sign up. And there's also still a 10% discount code available for everyone who signs up
before january 18th. So link and discount code in the description. First thing I'm not buying
anymore in 2021 is body scrub. And I've used up all the body scrub that I still had, finally.
I don't use it that often, so it took some time. But I'm finally through.
And I decided to purchase
this dry body brush instead. So far I really like it. If you don't know what this is, it is a dry
brush that you use to go over your skin before you shower, about once a week. And I did notice
that I have to be a bit careful with this, because my skin is very sensitive. And the first time I
used this, I was a little bit too enthusiastic. But yeah I really like it so far. I like that
this is just one thing, I never have to keep buying replacements. And I also noticed that if
you use body scrub in the shower, it tends to get really slippery, which is something that I never
really liked. And you don't have that with this. Second thing that I decided not to buy in
2021 is foods that I do not want to be eating. And I know myself well enough to know that
if I have junk food in the house, it is only a matter of time before I eat it.
And 2020 was
just very much a year of comfort eating for me, of emotional eating. And I noticed that
we do still have very much a healthy base, but there was just a lot of extra junk food and
snacks on top of it. And that's kind of a habit that I want to start breaking again in 2021. So
my plan is to keep meal planning, to make sure that I always have my pantry stocked with healthy
essentials. and that I have enough food in the house that I can always make a healthy meal for
myself. And then only every so often get something like snacks or junk food, like chips or ice cream
or cookies or something like that. Because I feel like it is perfectly normal to eat these things
and enjoy them every so often. I just don't want to make that into a habit for myself. And if I
find myself craving some comfort food this year. and it's not in the house. then I'm just going
to try and comfort myself in some other way/ Practice self-care.
And try not to make myself
feel better by eating something that isn't very healthy. Number three is clothing. Now this is
technically a low buy, but I wanted to include it in this list. So a couple weeks ago, I did a
pretty massive wardrobe declutter. And if you've missed that video I will leave it down below. And
I currently have 42 items in my wardrobe total. And I think that that's a good amount.
year, apart from keeping my wardrobe minimal, I also really want to level it up and improve my
wardrobe. Because I'm just not really happy with the way that it is now, or not 100% anyway. And
so I know that that means I'll be investing a bit more into my wardrobe this year than usual. But
that's okay. I just want to add some more items that really work well on me in terms of fit and
color. So I've given it some thought and I decided that I'm allowed to buy eight new items for my
wardrobe this year max. And so I think that this will give me the space that I need to try out
some new things, and get a bit more creative, and really find some things that really work
well on me.
But still be very intentional with my purchases and don't go overboard. And actually
I think eight is more than I bought last year so… Next on the list of things I'm not buying
in 2021 is coffee cups, coffee pads, tea bags, things of that nature. If you've seen more of
my videos, you will know that I drink a lot of tea. And I also really love coffee. But last
year, mostly at the end of last year, I switched over to new ways of preparing these drinks.
That create a lot less waste, it is cheaper, it's healthier and it tastes a lot better. So for
my tea I now use loose leaf tea. And I prepare it in my french press. And I am so in love with it,
because that means that I don't need tea bags. I also don't need a sieve, because I just never
really enjoyed making tea with a sieve before. And with a french press, it's just all in one.
I can prepare my tea like that. And I also noticed that loose leaf tea has a much higher quality, in
my experience anyway, overall than the tea that you can find in tea bags. And for coffee, we
recently switched over to an espresso machine. And this one is just very modest and small, which
I love. It's not exactly high-end but I still find the quality to be really really high. And we
grind our own beans now, and the coffee is just a thousand times better than what I used to be able
to make with a Nespresso. And there's a lot less waste this way, and I'm just really happy with
this. If I could, I would make coffee all day. Something else I made the conscious decision not
to buy in 2021 is furniture. And last year we did a few small upgrades in the house, we replaced our
very old bed and our worn out dining room chairs, which I'm still really happy with.
than those things, everything is still the same as it was when we moved in here eight years ago.
To be completely honest, I would actually love to replace some of our furniture. Especially our
couch, the one that I'm sitting on right now. There's a lot of discoloration, and it's just not
very comfortable anymore, it's kind of worn out. And also these cushions, you cannot really take
out the cushions and get them cleaned or anything, so it's kind of annoying.
But actually we are
hoping to be able to move to a new apartment within maybe one or two years. That would be
really nice. And I actually hope to wait with any new purchases until after we move. We live
on the fourth floor, and there's no elevator. Only this very narrow, winding stairs. So moving
furniture is not the easiest. But apart from that, I just don't really believe in replacing things
that are still good.
And some of our furniture is still good. So I just it makes a lot
more sense to wait until after we move. And I'm just gonna use what we have until then,
and love it until it is completely worn out. If you want to know more about my plans and
goals for 2021, then you can join me on Patreon. Patreon is another platform where I post
videos and share things about my life. And the videos over there are quite different
than the ones on youtube. They're more casual, more personal. Recently I discussed my plans and
goals for this year. And I also like to create them in collaboration with my patrons.
So I often
make videos based on topics that they suggest or questions that they have, and it's a lot
of fun. So feel free to join us over there, we have a wonderful community of positive people
there. And I'd love to have you. It's a great way to support the channel as well. You can find
it at patreon.com simple happy zen. Something else I'm not buying in 2021 is plants. And I made
the conscious decision for myself with a no buy, no plants this year.
I actually did a count
and I have quite a few, I have lucky number 13. And I think that is enough. The more plants you
have, the more work it becomes to keep them all healthy. And I do enjoy taking care of my plants,
but I just don't want to over complicate my life, and have to schedule things around when I have
to water which plant etc. Next is serving wear, mugs, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, everything in
that category. I am not a type of minimalist who only has two plates and one bowl and one spoon.
certainly don't have the crazy amount that I used to have, but I still have enough. And this way,
I don't have to wash that one plate four times a day. And I still have enough for if someone comes
over for dinner. Although sometimes I will have to borrow some things in that case. But I like to
keep it simple, I don't want to over complicate my life simply to own less. Or to only own one
plate or one bowl. However, I just really love buying these things somehow. I always find them so
pretty. And it's just really nice to get a new mug or like a pretty ceramic bowl. But I have enough.
So this year I decided it's going to be a hard no buy for anything in this category. Next category
of items I'm not going to be buying anymore in 2021 is video games. And I've always been quite
into video games to play in my free time.
And last year especially, me my boyfriend have
been spending a lot of time playing video games together. Which was a lot of fun and definitely
something that we will keep doing in 2021 as well. However, last year we bought quite a few new games
on sale. And I think that these can really last us all through 2021 as well. so I want to make it
a point to first play all of these games, before we add new ones to our possessions. Even if they
are digital and they don't take up space, it'll still create this long list of games that I still
need to play. And I always get a little nervous if I have long lists like that. So I made it a
point not to buy any new video games this year. And of course if you enjoy reading, then this is
something that you could definitely do with your books as well.
Something else I won't be buying
in 2021 is handbags, purses, backpacks, wallets, things of that nature. And this is a very hard no
buy for me. I recently got rid of my one handbag. And so currently I only have a really small purse
and a backpack. And that works really well. So if I'm going out quickly, I can just take my purse.
And if I want to bring some more stuff with me, like my water bottle or my laptop, then I can
bring my backpack. And I also have one larger one that I use for if I'm going out of time
for a few days. so three in total and that is absolutely enough for me. Last thing on my list
that I want to share with you is beauty products. So last year, I actually experimented a bit
here and there, with switching up some routines, trying some new things out.
I also bought some
makeup products that were on sale. And I bought like two or four of the same ones, to save money.
So I have quite a bit of stock. And I also worked with a few brands that sent me stuff that I really
like of course, and it's free so it's great, but as of right now I feel like I'm kind of drowning
in all of these things. It is nowhere the amount of things that I used to own, but still, I feel
like it is enough for now.
So I'm gonna use up what I have first before buying something new. And
I'm also going to be very mindful of saying no to brands if they want to send me something, and if
I still have some of their old product left. I'm going to use that up first as well. And something
else, is that I finally am through my perfume collection. Which is a weight off my shoulders.
And to be honest, I'm thinking of going without it for a while and seeing how I like that. Actually
my deodorant smells really nice, so I don't really feel like I need it. And I only wear perfume
when I go out anyway, which is not happening a lot right now. So I decided to try and go without
perfume for a while and see how I like that. If you are also planning on doing a no by year or a
low by year, then please share the things that you won't be buying anymore in 2021 in the comments.
I love to see.
And I also recommend watching this video. Because this is a deep dive into how to do
a no by year the right way. And I give you tips to make sure that you actually succeed in your no
buy goals or low buy goals. So I will leave that video in the description box. Be sure to check
out Unhurried and sign up before january 18th to get 10% off. Link and discount code in the
description. And as always: questions, comments, conversations down below. Have a wonderful
day and I will see you next week. Bye bye!.