Let’s start today’s topic with a little survey: How many times have you stumble upon a “How to create the most perfect Instagram feed” type of posts in the last 2-3 months? 10, 15, 30? How many times have you been told that your Instagram feed had to look perfect to attract followers? Now here is my last question: who says anything has to look perfect?
Trying to shop consciously in our capitalist world, isn’t exactly a piece of cake to be honest. Advertising is basically harassing you everywhere you go. And it’s really hard to resist to the temptation all of the time. Some days when i feel a bit down or sad, i can be easily attracted by a sale or a promotion. So to prevent me from making bad choices and have regrets, i created myself a few rules to follow regarding shopping.
One of my goals for this year is to consume way less and much more consciously. At first i was going to challenge myself to a full no-spend year but then i started analyzing what i had and realized that i was going to need to buy a few things this year. After my closet declutter i was missing a few key items like a good pair of jeans that actually fit me, a pair of open sandals for the warmer seasons and a whole new underwear set because mine were just too old and damaged.
When becoming more aware of how the world works and how most companies operate, you often find yourself regretting things and feeling quite guilty. Guilty to have turned a blind eye when you already knew something was really wrong (like after the Rana Plaza collapse, most people just “forgot” myself included) and regrets to have spend your hard earn money on products made by people who could potentially die making that product for you (and enriching very bad people in the process).
Today it’s time to talk about the base, decluttering. Now first of all you should know that it took me about a year to completely declutter my entire home, and especially my closet. I wanted to do this right and really have no regrets about anything so i really took my time. Some areas were a lot faster and easier than others (books for example, i shared my decluttering process in this previous post) but my closet was definitely the most challenging one.
When deciding to live a more ethical and conscious lifestyle, you can easily feel overwhelmed by the amount of things you need to change in your daily life and habits. The truth is that in our modern world, it is impossible to live an ethical life 100% of the time. So i think that when you truly decide to make changes in your life and live more accordingly to your values, it’s very important to ask yourself what’s really important to you and what compromises you are willing to make.