Why More is Not Better

May 27, 2015

North Americans are often criticized for their rampant consumerism, though I hardly think the tendency is exclusive to this side of the Atlantic.  

The "more is more" perspective is an ironic one.  Very few people have unlimited budgets and thus, the more we buy, the lower price point each item must have.  Bargains often result in the scenario where people tour their walk-in closets and find nothing to wear because most of it in uninspired. 

What's the point of saving the good dishes for fear that one will be dropped or chipped?  Replacing an occasional plate is less expensive than purchasing a whole set of cheap ones.  The great thing about having fewer possessions and using them wholeheartedly until they wear out, is that for the die-hard shopper, you get to replace them.  If you're shopping for clothes, wear your favorite outfit to the store and don't buy anything unless if looks at least as good as what you already have.  

Buy a few great looking basics, whether that's clothing, kitchen linens or accessories, use them for their lifespan and then start over.  The less is more philosophy is not a moratorium on shopping, just on indiscriminate buying.  It avoids closets or drawers full of items that you bought ten years ago and it's great for the environment. 

Inspired to downsize?  There's a great article on purging your closets you might like to check out on "House for Five."  Good common sense!