Why I decided to stop buying Clothes?

When was the last time you go and buy a new t-shirt or shoe? When was the last occasion you go and buy clothes? For me it’s been long ago, I decided in the middle of last year at first to stop reduce buying clothes, but now I simply decided to stop buying new clothes unless something needs to be changed because it’s become too old (unless it’s a necessity). It’s not actually that I’m frugal or poor or can’t afford it. I can. It’s just that I don’t really feel the need to buy new clothes. I don’t wear rags, don’t misunderstand me. If a shoe becomes too old, I will throw it and buy a new one if needed. Somewhere along the way through my life, I start to think what is more important and simply decided to stop buying new clothes.

 

The truth about why I decided not to buy any new clothes, is that one day I simply woke-up open my closet and realise that there is actually a lot of clothes that I didn’t even wear once and still buy a new one last week. I was shocked by all the wasted, I had more clothes than my 2 brothers combined and some of them the news. I don’t even remember buying some of them. When I look at my closet, I was pretty disgusted. I had like 10 dress that I never wear. I couldn’t even open my wardrobe everything will fall on the ground, I was unable to find my favourite t-shirt because of the clutter of clothes accumulated. And I realise two things. First I need to reduce the quantity of clutter I have and that I don’t want any more clutter so that I will not be buying clothes for a very long time. I then realised that I was actually addicted to shopping, and I have never considered myself someone who need to shop. But after drinking my coffee, I understand that each month I was going to a shopping mall with my salary to buy clothes jeans, t-shirts and already have a lot of clothes. So I realised that I was actually addicted to shopping.

 

So I when to my closet put 3 piles of clothes the one I wear, the one I think I will wear and the one to donate to charity. I spend one complete day going through all my clothing. I pulled out 4 jeans, 6 t-shirts, 5 pullovers, 3 jackets, and make sure everything can be clean together and all top go with every bottom. I made like 20 outfits for all the years and boxed those outfit up that are out of seasons, for when I will need them.
After, I put all my clothes in a closet back. I confirmed my decision to stop buying clothes. I don’t mind having less clutter in my house. Why I’m telling you this? Because maybe you also need to stop buying clothes too. Maybe all this clutters, doesn’t make you happy after all. Perhaps you are spending all your salary buying thing you honestly don’t need. Maybe we need to stop thinking clothes are like sugar you use it and throw it. Clothes are not like foods, and by buying clothes, you help the industry to paid employee bad to make more money like H&M, Zara, etc.. that paid their employee less than a dollar a day in a dangerous condition to make the clothes you wear.

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I’ve this year make a promise to myself to reduce some stuff that I own. I just one day have a revelation about my life when I first wake up and realise how much I had become materialistic, and I simply decided it was time to change.
In the end, I understand that we need something else than buying clothes to fill the void. Advertising just wants you to think that if you buy this piece of clothes, this will make you happier but actually that not true. Happiness cannot be attained by some material items. You will only get dissatisfied over again.

 

By not buying clothing when I don’t need it, I’ve saved $1700 and have kept my stress level low and house clean. Because living paycheck to paycheck is so stressful. Just reducing my stress level and money alone was worth it for me. Stopping buying clothes just change my life.

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How to Simplify & Minimalize your life Now

In our culture of over-consumption and of stressful lifestyle simplifying and minimizing your life isn’t an easy thing to do. Most people will find your ways of living weird and absurd and said how can you live without this possession. Many believe that having the most bigger house, the more stuff possible make you complete, these behaviours are learned from culture and families. But some of this behaviour is merely becoming automatic and are our becoming our desire of lifestyle; our dream life. By just looking around and pausing life a little and only appreciate the sunshine and the life around us we can correct this habits.

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With our lifestyle there often time to meditated and enough time to stop and think about the small things that matter. It’s so easy to focus on the task to be done than to focus on why we do that. But life is actually made of the small moments, and significant changes are comprised of many small steps. Today in our daily lives there is so much change you can do to simplify and minimize your life.

Simplify your Finance

  • Follow a budget, stick to it and develop an emergency saving- Living paycheck to paycheck is very stressful.
  • Quit bargain shopping and only buy what you need
  • Spend a day a week without spending any money at all, learn to live with less.

Simplify your Home

  • Everything should have space in your house – if you can’t find a place for something, do you really need this? Nothing should be left on the floor or on the chair because you have no place for it.
  • Put more green in your house but not too much one plant in your living room and bedroom could make the difference between a relaxing place to a stressful and cold house.
  • Clean your tables, counters, floor and another surface.  Like I said in my previous article a clean house equals a clean mind.
  • Don’t mix technology and bedrooms make your bedroom a relaxing place without any technology. No TV, No Cellphone, No Computer, etc.. Bedroom is not made to check your email or to work. The bedroom should be a reserve to sleep and relax.
  • Follow this rule about your chores, if you think a thing can be done in 2 minutes do its right now. Like cleaning your plate.

Simplify your Kitchen

  • Plan your meal or pre-meal everything Saturday for all week, you will see this will make your life so much easier.
  • Reuse meal – if you make extra CHILI you can always reuse it and eat it with tacos.
  • Drink water instead of coffee or soda or alcohol for one meal per day. If you can cut it all, I recommended it you will feel more energic.
  • Clean out your fridge, freezer, and pantry once a month or week.
  • Try to eat more plant-food recipe and seasonal produce!

Simplify your Wardrobe

  • Shopping doesn’t equal leisure or pleasure when you realize it your ways of shopping will change drastically. Do you need this? Will you wear it? Do you have something like home?
  • Quit fast fashion and buy quality timeless item instead.
  • Switch to a more natural and ecologic beauty maintenance. If your hair colour is too much high maintenance change it, try to use one product for everything for myself I use milk to clean my face and to put in my cereal. I also make some of my beauty product homes, I will share some recipe in the other article.

Simplify your Social Life

  • Spend more time with people that you really care about like family or really close friends you don’t need to be friends with a lot to be happier instead this will make you more stress trying to follow the crowd.
  • Take alone days one a week, appreciate nature and yourself.
  • Explore your passion and learn to enjoy being alone more. Read more than watching Tv, go to walk, travel alone.
  • Identify your top priorities in life; this week, month and year. For me my priorities this year was to learn computer science, prioritize small goals. Be sure to seek out and act to get what you want.
  • Get enough sleep!
  • Stop gossip and complaining in your dialogue – keep a positive mind and you will attract positivity into your life.

Simplify your online life

  • Unsubscribe from unwanted emails or media
  • Clean your friend list
  • Take a day without any social media a weeks

 

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Hope this list will help you, simplify and minimalize your life. Download the pdf file here.

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Melisssa Louis

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Accomplish

Setting goals is a crucial part of life and advancement throughout the life you want. Yet goals is sometimes so difficult to follow. They mean nothing without a plan to accomplish them.

Truly, as we set goals we sally forget that we need to make them realizable, putting a so much big goal is absolutely impossible to follow, I don’t say we should not have impossible goals and a big one. I said usually to arrive at these goals we must follow little one, step by steps. We must remember how far we have gone, by crossing steps by steps on a list of goals until we meet our one goals. We must not only focus on the goals that we don’t have achieved but the accomplishments we have already made, truly we will continue to seek this out for our other goals and be thought to yourself, not only be positive.

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Here Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work … And What does?

Being positive when things are going in the wrong direction is never going to work: It will make you feel like you’re forcing yourself to smile, trying too hard, make you ignore the situations or make you look stupid plain doesn’t it? When you are trying to be positive you will mostly hear from your heads “This is never going to work, why to waste your time and money on it, some people have it worst, or he will change I love him one day he will love me if I keep changing for him”; and never change your situation.

That is the ways actually you never achieved anything, and never build something new, and you keep focused on the old. Actually spending time trying to be positive, can help you get away with spending time trying to plan for our to be a better person, what you want to do and how you want to live, who you want to become?

That true you’re 100% responsible for your life, your happiness, and what you do with your time on Earth; that doesn’t mean living like you were dying that will be a stupid thing to do but that if you want something you should actually put the work on it.

Take some time now to ask yourself these simple questions:

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So when you are really engaged in what is going around you. You actually feel like everything around is hell and everything is breaking down! The key out of it isn’t positivity, it’s  not letting a thing be as they are. Instead, it’s become clearer when you know what you want (and what you want to be). Work toward your life, work on improving your life is difficult but slowly you will watch all the problems around you dissolve in the process.

Click through to download a free worksheet for this exercise!

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Melisssa Louis

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Top Financial steps every women need to take in their 20’s in order to kills it in their 30’s

If you’re in your 20’s, you’re surely new with financial terms and banking. So let’s start from scratch! Because with every new fashion trend, new makeup trend your finances can quickly become a little too overwhelming! If you’re in your 20s you’re surely always thinking did I am too young to start planning my budget, to take major responsibilities or too old to spend all your salary on this new Gucci Bag. Here I will talk about the basics… The number one rules I learn with time is that self-discipline is more important than anything else event than your salary.

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The start of financial independence is finding a job.
Get experience, I know this taught to do. But when you’re young living at your parent’s house this is the best time to go do an internship. I understand you’re young and want to enjoy your summer break, but I can ensure you that doing an internship when you’re still living at your parent’s house is so easier than doing it residing in a dorm or when you are living alone. The more you have experienced even if it’s waiters are better for your CV history. You can also use a website to help you create your perfect CV or resume using a template.

Cancel your allowance from your parents.
If you get a job, you will have a salary, so that means income. BUT THAT DOESN’T THAT YOU’RE AN ADULT AND THAT YOU’VE LEARN YOUR LESSON – I personally believe that I learn a lot more when I first leave my parent’s house to go live in a dorm and for my first hard experience with money. If you have read my previous article, you probably know that I use to be addicted to shopping and when I when broke living all alone, I learn from my mistake. When my father stops my funding I was furious and jealous of my cousin still living from their parent’s revenue, now I am grateful that I learned from diving into the deep end. I can ensure you so much satisfaction for being self-sufficient and setting your parents free from your financial responsibilities. This is your financial wake-up call, and this will oblige you to get your shit together. If you are spoiled when you are alone and if you get to mess up it’s will too late to start over.

Organize your account.
Ideally, you need to have set up 3 differents account within your bank:
1) Debit Account where your salary is debited
2) Saving readily available in case of raining day and can be created with a minimum money
3) Investment account,: to save money and this account is not to be used

I also join another bank to do retirement account you are never too young to open one, the younger you begin it the more cash back you will get when you retired. Distributing my account set up has kept me organised and most importantly, in control of how much I spend each month and save. I also recommended that you use a bank that allows you to do deposit and transaction at the ATM since I know in your 20’s you’re still doing small step into the bank and finish university at hours that bank is usually closed.

Create a budget & monitor your cash flow
If you don’t know how to do a budget, you can always read my article about how to build a budget here. I can ensure you that sticking to a budget will help you put away enormous chunks of money in saving each month, soon enough that you can put a down deposit on your first property! Having an end goal also help! Attempting to put at least 30% of your wages into your saving will helps you grow your financial security even further.

Emergency Fund
It’s great to have a saving account, and it’s also great to have an emergency fund other than your saving. Realistically you should have 6 months waves in your emergency account. This important to get your own security, if anything occurs. This is the millennial method of survival mode.

Be Efficient
Now with all the technology, you can easily download a free app to help you manage your cash flow and daily expenses click here for more information. There is no need to keep up with the Jordan. This LUXURIOUS LIFE that you’re supposedly living will harm you and your finances in the long term. There is no reason to eat out all the time, to have this need trending clothes, there is no need to maintains a false image, Be smart be savvy. That doesn’t mean to clutter your wardrobe with cheap clothes but have a few one high quality that lasts longer, you don’t need to get all the trending clothes that will be fast no-fashionable anymore.

Utilise yourself
If you have a talent, skill, and interest – be smart improve it and utilised it. If your skills are writing why not doing a blog, if your skill is to draw sell your painting, if you’re interested in design to take a photoshop course, etc.. This can help you make an aside income to your primary source of revenue. It all about using your skills for a financial benefit, sometimes something has simple has helped other write their CVs can help you earn a nice bit of pocket money.

Sell what you don’t use or Donate

If you have something, you never wear or never use you can always sell them online or donate them to charity this will make you feel better. And also improve your living. Minimalism is happiness with simplicity.

Quality over quantity
What I have learned over time is that you can buy so many things in excess for the sake that this is on sale. But accumulating a dozen of pairs of shoes, bags, jeans, will actually make your life a living hell and your closet will be so disorganised with all this quantity of clothes. It’s better to have less but quality over this past 3 years I donate almost 90% of my wardrobe, now if you go to my room you can see white space, and I also have no place to put my plant.

I hope my article helps you.

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Melisssa Louis

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How MOOCs change the face of the education ?

MOOC is the abbreviation of Massive Open Online Courses; this means this free massive online course that everyone that can have an Internet connection can use to learn.

Like Malcolm Forbes said It’s never too late to learn.

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This type of websites has really emerged on the web and as the new contender for the next new education technology. Many web sites are very contradictory about this subject some said that this not equal to real study in the classroom and other said it’s the becoming of a news type of education.

So I decided to test it for you and what I found out about it; it’s that this is really educative and enjoying. There is every week a chat room with the teachers and we can ask questions, there are homework and study. But like it’s online you can cheat more often, but me I didn’t and you have to study event so it’s on the Internet to pass the course; if you’re not serious or don’t want to learn you will get nothing of this online course like in a real classroom. And what is great about this it’s that this is totally free, but the certificate some site give you at the end have no real value in job interview only this gives some new knowledge.

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What is the advantages of MOOCs and why this is so interesting?

MOOCs have 2 fundamental differences from the previous online educational:

MOOCs are available for free, anywhere, at any time, they have a platform easier to use and to learn from any time and any situations.

MOOCs have social engagement communities of students that can chat together, help each another, pose problems, resolves questions, add additional material to the class, and support other students in their study or learning.

 

But what it’s the most important differences it’s that MOOCs are made for large numbers of students to study and learn at the same for free, school like MIT and Harvard invest $30 Million of dollars in the website EDx to help student that cannot afford to study to have some kind of free education.

One of the big problems I see it’s that most of the course that they offer are just some kind of introduction, if you want to develop it in more details you will have to pay for a real class.

But like Malcolm Forbes said It’s never too late to learn something news and when it’s free and available so easily why not learn something news?

MOOCs Web Sites:
https://­www.coursera.org/
https://www.edx.org/
https://­www.khanacademy.org/
https://­www.udacity.com/
http://­www.mooc-list.com/

 

More article like this there 

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Melisssa Louis

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