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Minimalism + Closet Questions to stop Impulse Shopping

When shopping because I am stressed or bored, I have started saying:

  • Why do I really want this?
  • Is it 100% perfect for what I want?
  • Where will it go?

Then this is what I do:


Listing it in my Want List to think about later takes it off my mind for at least 24 hours.

I’ve found it has started helping me once I list out what I think I want because I just end up saying: No, I don’t really want that in the end.

It has majorly cut down on Impulse Spending.


I have similar items and I keep buying MORE similar items.

Once I start pawing through my closet, thinking about the New Item saying: I want this, I want this, I want this, I find I don’t really because I already have it.. in various forms.


On the very top of my list is a coat (surprised, anyone?), specifically this coat:

Whenever I want something I think: Do I want THAT NEW ITEM or this coat?

…and it has cut down on at least 75% of impulses.


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  1. The Luxe Strategist

    I add items I want to a Pinterest board, then leave it be. I like having a visual of everything I want so I can see how it all fits together. Most of the time I’ll revisit the list a few weeks later and I find I don’t want the item anymore. Delayed gratification is the best!

  2. sammy

    Good tips.
    I have another problem 🙂 : I spend too much time searching for things on the internet before buying anything. I search, analyse, compare, think, search again, then analyse again. I don’t have a lot of time on my hands, but still feel that I should do this thorough research. It’s analysis paralysis.
    Alas, I think I am a perfectionist.

  3. Mica

    Oh this is a good trick! 🙂 Impulse buys were the hardest for me to get to grips with over the years. I had the ‘have to wear it twice in the month I buy it’ rule that helped but I still had a lot of pieces in my wardrobe that hadn’t been worn very much. I’m on my 7th month without shopping now so I’m hoping when I no longer have the ‘no shop’ challenge behind me I’ll still be able to walk away from impulse buys – I should do something like this list!

    Hope you have had a lovely weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog


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