One of the items on my happiness list was:
"Don't chase "stuff." Stop the hedonic treadmill. Embrace simplicity. Be content with what you have. Declutter.
I was at a giant mall near my house last weekend. It's a high-end, glitzy mall with all the top stores.
I felt nauseated.
Who would ever want all this stuff? People certainly don't need it. Super expensive unnecessary stuff. There is so much luxury "stuff" that I can't imagine why anyone needs it. Yet people buy it or it wouldn't be there.
Lately I feel like I don't want to buy anything. I think very hard about whether I really need something before I buy it. I'm also thinking, if I buy this, then what do I discard?
If I have the need to "buy something," then I just buy something inexpensive and leave it at that. I think everyone in the US has at least a little bit of shopping compulsion.
My project for the spring is to go through my house and discard. Maybe have a big yard sale or post on CL. I've joked before about getting my life condensed down to four boxes. That may not be possible, but I want to be closer to that. I keep asking myself: "What do I really need?" I'll be moving sooner or later, and this will make the moving process much easier. On a legal pad I'm sketching out room by room all my possessions and what I really need to keep.
In the last year I've bought two things that I really value: 1) A set of flannel sheets that cost $120, and 2) a duvet cover for my down comforter for $72. I love the way these two things feel, and of course I use them everyday of the winter.
I just can't think of anything else I want right now.