May 22, 2019

Consumerism & Giving Back


con·​sum·​er·​ism | \ kən-ˈsü-mə-ˌri-zəm  -mər-ˌi-\
the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically desirable  also a preoccupation with and an inclination toward the buying of consumer goods
Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash
Since Social Media is available at our fingertips 24/7 and we can SWIPE UP on thousands of products 
that we see a week- consumerism is at an all time high. Recently while cleaning out my closets,
garage and various rooms in our home I thought about how much I have purchased without needing
any of it. Some things I have had less than two years, and other items still had tags on them. It's
sickening when you really think about it.
The amount of products I cleaned out of my bathroom at the beginning of the year was craaaaaaazy. Samples from orders, face masks on face masks, makeup I've only used once or twice. I cleaned it ALL out and have been working on using up everything before I purchase more. I don't need 5 eye-shadow palettes, I just don't. I've realized that having too much wasn't letting me use things that I hadn't touched before and that is just plain wasteful.
A lot of my "need to have" comes from Social Media. I hear about a new lip product, see some cute packaging, see a blogger looking so cute in a dress that I think I need to have it...when in fact, I do not.
I do share affiliate links on this blog. The affiliate links do help pay for this site, because blogging does cost money. Purchasing a domain, keeping the site running efficiently, updating the layout if needed- it's not free. I only share things that I myself have tried or truly think are wonderful and hope that it never comes off as in your face "sales" like I see on some blogs and Instagram accounts.
Do shoes make me happy? yes. Do shoes cost money? yes. Will I stop buying shoes? no. Will I continue to be smarter about purchases and not buy things just because someone else has them? yes. 
It's all about perspective- buying something doesn't always change a mood. Sometimes, it can make me feel worse- like when I clean out my closets and think how little I wore something. 
I encourage you to take a look around your home and see what you don't use. When was the last time you used it? Why did you buy it? Was it truly a necessary purchase? There are so many people in this world that don't know where their next meal will come from, that have to worry about having a winter coat to wear and a place to sleep at night. Donate a coat you haven't worn to a shelter in need. Serve meals to the homeless for an hour this month. There are ways to give back that are selfless, worthwhile and will make you realize you don't need ALL THE THINGS.
This isn't meant to come off as preaching, but rather to help you realize that in this fast paced world of Instagram and Amazon one-click purchases, we don't need to fill our home with things. Filling a home with smiles, laughs and good times is much more meaningful.
The next time you go to "checkout" or "add to cart"...stop and think if it's necessary.

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