Garage Sale

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This week, I’ve put up my purses for sale on @dclttr. I think it was more difficult to let go of these because I’m more of a purses type of gal than shoes. To be honest, those aren’t all of them. I kept some because they’re the ones I use the most and the rest were pieces that never saw the outside of my closet. It’s impractical to keep them, I know this, but it’s got me thinking about how things have changed for me whenever I’m out shopping.

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Do I really need this?

Lately, I’ve found that every time I’m at a store, I’m making a conscious effort to really think hard about the stuff I’m picking up. Yesterday at the mall, for instance. I picked up a couple of blouses at Forever 21 only to put them back because even though it will only cost me less than $20 for the two, I don’t need new clothes right now. Β Heck, my closet still needs another purging even though it’s gone through one already. Just because the item is on sale does not mean I should get it.

My husband offered to take me to the bookstore again yesterday, but I declined because there wasn’t a newly released book that I want to read. Β We could’ve still gone, but I thought I might as well eliminate the temptation and not go the bookstore altogether.

Making a Grocery List

I’ve started planning dinner menus for the family. This eliminates unnecessary pantry stock, food waste, and fast food take-outs. Gone are the days when I would shop like I’m prepping for the zombie apocalypse.Β I’ve started freezing fruits when it looks like it’s getting too ripe then use them for my breakfast smoothies. I’ve made an effort to check what’s in the fridge, freezer, and the pantry before I make my grocery list. This way, I’m not buying more food items than necessary. I’m sure this is not an avant-garde method of feeding a family of four, but it’s a new practice for me. I’m on a quest to reduce waste, increase our savings, and actually spend more time having a sit-down meal every chance we get.


  • You are foing a great job clearing out some things… Shoes, bags! Well done!

  • It’s so fantastic that you’ve decided to declutter your life. I know it must be hard parting with your babies (bags) though. So many gorgeous ones up there! Best of luck to you!! <3

  • No matter how efficient I am with a shopping list, I still bring home so much more than we don’t need and eventually goes out of date or ‘stocking up’ when something is on special. I’m trying now to only do that with no perishables, not just because I’m wasting so much money, but it all takes up so much pantry space too. It’s amazing how cleansed you feel with getting organising and downsizing those materialistic parts of our lives. It’s hard going I know, but you’re doing amazingly well Joy <3 <3

  • I LOVE, LOVE LOVVEEE the fact that you’re deciding to stop wasting food, and to clan out all of the clutter in your life! I try to dow this but sometimes, things just get REALLY BACKED UP, you know? So that makes it harder to get cleaned up in life! Wishing you all the luck! <3 muahhh!

  • That blue bag especially is lovely! The way the light reflects off of it… *eyes shine with wonder*

  • RO

    Girl, I need to take a page out of your book! I’ve managed to minimize some, but not nearly as much as I need to, for sure. I’m one of those people who end up buying stuff I don’t need, so I can specifically sell it at yard sales on-line. Then it sits around and I forget about!(lol) How nutty can I be? I’d love to be able to plan meals, but I’m definitely not that organized. Can you be cloned so you can hang out with me here in NC? Hugs…RO

  • Aw its so hard to balance and have that self control- but good job with it

  • I love this post Joy. <3 Though it is also heartbreaking. I'm so sorry that you have to sell so much of your stuff, and that money is becoming an issue : I know the feeling. And it is the worst. Sigh. I hope you will be able to get the most amazing job someday soon sweetie. <3 All the hugs to you. You are the sweetest person πŸ™‚

  • That Balenciaga purse YAS! I want to get better at planning out meals. I started working out this past week, and I want to start meal planning, but my goodness it’s so difficult lol. I hate grocery shopping, (weird I know) but making an actual list of things that I want and or need will help me get the most out of my meals, and will also keep me from wasting food. Sometimes I buy food ” in the moment ” but when I get home I don’t want it. Anywho, congrats on the changes you’ve made girlie πŸ™‚

  • I’m always trying to purge some of my stuff. And believe it or not, bags are some things after books that I tend to buy more of than shoes. Shoes are practical, bags are pretty. Haha. Good for you! Keep going! πŸ™‚

  • Good for you, Joy! Stick with it. Love the purses. I’m not really a purse gal, but I still like seeing them on other people. πŸ˜€

  • I think this is a very good way to go about saving! Occasionally I like to treat myself, but I never splurge on something that I will never use. However, I’m the same as you – I tend to buy new clothes all the time…my closet definitely needs a clean out. Luckily, I still live at home so I don’t really have to think too much about the dinner menu – but I’ve definitely cut back on buying lunch these days, and I’ve been pretty good with bringing my lunch to work. This has helped me save so much!

  • I’m a planner and I also believe in treating oneself. I’m going through something similar right now, Joy, although mine is more of an Odyssey now. I often feel like Job, but he’s only had 7 years and mine is longer.

    On one hand, it’s hearbreaking to lose my “prizes”, I know it’s superficial to some but to me it’s a statement. I EARNED them, to quote the very wise Beyonce: “I see it, I want it, I stunt, yellow-bone it. I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it”

    On the other, it’s very cathartic to not be tied to these things. To be in a place where I don’t feel validated by my shit anymore. Sure it would be nice, but it’s changed me for the better I think. I now have a new appreciation for things.

  • Joy are we soul twins or what? I always shop like that at the groceries and it’s always a waste when I have to throw out veggies that have been sitting in my freezer. Those are some beautiful purses, I prefer them to shoes as well! And good on you for putting back that top!

  • I’ve always planned out my meals for the week mostly because I hate the grocery store so much that wandering around the aisles without a list attempting to think overwhelms me, so then I end up just bringing home pizza rolls or mac and cheese. But, I also need to get better because my dinner plans are usually too ambitious or unrelated and then I break my bank because I have to buy a bazillion ingredients. I should probably get on board with freezing my produce as well. We’re good at devouring veggies in my household, but fruits have a tendency to go to waste…

  • Jazmen

    You have seriously amazing things. I so wish I had the money to buy some of these pretties especially the blue bag. Good for you for getting rid of things!

  • Ooh, you have such pretty stuff! But it’s definitely worth selling if you know you don’t use it. I cleaned a bunch of clothes out of my closet this week and it made me feel good–though the clothes I still have only just barely fit even now. πŸ™‚

  • I am more a purse girl than a shoe girl too. And I also shop and buy too much food. Last night I cleaned out the freezer and I couldn’t believe the amount of meat that had to be thrown away. Just waste. I think you are doing really good towards your new minimalist view and I hope you sell all your purses!

  • You’ve really bee thinking about this and you should feel proud for really making this change <3 I was sorting through my wardrobe the other day and I realise I have the opposite problem – too few clothing and shoes because I am already someone who is quite minimalist in that? Like in total, I own 7 pairs of shoes if I'm not counting my basketball ones. One for different occasions and that's it ahaha xD

  • I love how you’re doing all this minimizing! It really helps to free up your life. Books and dog stuff are still my weaknesses (but with five dogs, the latter is somewhat justified), but otherwise my life is decluttered, and it’s great.

  • Ah, I love smoothies! I love making smoothies and overnight breakfast oats for breakfast. Omg, you must have so many purses! I’ve never really been a shoe or purse kind of person. I think I like clothes better πŸ™‚

  • I love this idea, Joy! I really need to get in the habit of not buying things because they are cheap or on sale, but because I NEED them. I have done a lot of purging lately with our move and family situation going on, though. I just bought some more books today because they were super cheap, though. Sigh. I can go without unnecessary clothes, but books? So hard. Proud of you for turning down the temptation!!

  • shootingstarsmag

    That’s great you’re really finding ways to practice minimalism when you can. Making a grocery list and figuring out what you want to eat is definitely a good way to limit buying things at the grocery store that you don’t need and will probably go to waste.


  • kindlemom1

    Truly good for you! I think more of us need to be like this. I know since we have been trying to cut back I do a lot of these things now, mainly the planning actual meals and you really do save so much doing that!

  • This kind of change can be really hard. My sister is a purse person. I win because I sometimes get her cast offs occasionally. I have only bought two designer purses at retail stores that I can remember since I married my husband over 16 years ago. One of them I got on vacation last year and I do love it. Purses, shoes, and clothes in general just are not my thing at this point in my life and that is okay.

    I did used to shop more often and would find myself buying things I didn’t need because it was a good deal. I stay out of the stores now. I don’t go to the mall or shop for entertainment. If we need something, we order it online. The best way to save money is to stay away from places to spend it. The change came for me when I found myself without a job…and not wanting to get another one. It worked out best for my family but we had to change how much we spent to make it work. I am back at work now that the kids are older but my habits have stuck with me.

    Grocery shopping is a different story. We have to eat so I can’t completely avoid the store although I am trying at this point. My husband and daughter both have celiac disease so food shopping can be expensive. I found a local fruit and veggie co-op and purchase a basket every two weeks and it is working for us.

    Good luck to you! I hope you get a great price for the purses πŸ™‚

    Carole @ Carole’s Random Life

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Good for you Joy! *high five* I’m a sweatpants kind of girl so usually new clothes aren’t a huge temptation for me, but the bookstore always is as is the grocery store. You can never have too much chocolate I say πŸ˜‰ My husband is really good about planning meals too, and it really cuts down on extra food that just sits in our cabinets and goes to waste.

  • A woman after my own heart. This is great!! I started meal planning a few months ago, and it has been life changing. We have stopped eating fast food completely (with the exception of ordering pizza a few times a month – because I can’t live without it). Every two weeks (pay weeks), I make a meal plan for the two weeks, and then a grocery list for everything we need. It saves on money big time. And when we can’t eat all the leftovers, I take them to my parents the next day (they watch my daughter), so I feel like I’m not wasting too much by giving them a meal to eat! It has been working so great, and even though I hate grocery shopping, it’s worth it. Plus we’re eating a little healthier this way.

    As for the purses – I have a bit of a purse obsession, only it has calmed down a bit in the past year. I’ve replaced it with running shoes. Ha! But seriously, I love my Coach and MK purses, and I used to buy 3 or 4 a year (birthday, anniversary, any excuse I could make, lol). Because I rotated them so quickly, they didn’t get a lot of wear and tear. This past year I got a lot better about it, and have only purchased a few new ones (and made sure they were on sale!), and have been making use of my older ones that I still love. In fact I switched out purses this morning for an older one. Any that I knew I’d never use I sold online. Now my collection is reasonable, and I’ve saved money this year. πŸ˜‰

  • Good for you. I’m not a shopping person. But I am bad when I do shop about buying things that I will wear once and never wear it again. It is one reason I hate to shop. I seem to never like what I buy, then I feel horrible about buying it.

    I’ve been doing the same thing with the groceries. While I’ve always been pretty good about making dinner at home most nights. I was bad about going to the grocery almost every night on the way home from work. It would leave me with many trips and food waste. I’m now trying to plan things better. If I buy a head of lettuce, what meals can I make where I use the whole thing or at least most of it? It is saving me quite a bit of money I didn’t realize I was wasting.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • I’m a purses type of gal too. So
    I feel you, Joy! Your photos made me salivate. Lol.

    Your post made me reflect about
    my shopping habits. I do have a tendency for a unplanned purchases which I do
    ruling by emotions. Oh, well, thanks for sharing and good luck with your quest!

  • Good luck! You can do it

  • Melliane

    Good luck for all the changes, I’m sure it’s not easy to manage all that…