I read the book The Year of Less while on vacation in March. I had read a few headlines about it and the Kindle version was only $1.99, so I figured I would give it a try. Kindle version is still only $1.99.
I try to live by a minimal lifestyle. I know "things" don't bring me joy. Not buying things I don't need helps me afford the things I really want such as traveling and going to concerts. But this book did make me think even more about some of my material things, general clutter, and decision process. I had started a winter clear out of the house back on January 1. That project is still going and more about that later. But after reading this book and coming home from vacation, I did take another look at things I had already cleared out and went through them again and made more hard line decisions.
The biggest thing I did was go through my closet one more time. I took all of my clothes on hangers and arranged 10 work days worth of work outfits out of my existing clothes. This included mixing and matching various items. I chose only the things I really truly love to wear. I went through my shoes one more time matching them up to the various outfits as well. Everything I wear to work can be worn outside of work if I were to go where I couldn't show up in jeans and my favorite jacket. I kept one black dress I bought recently that I really like and is very comfortable. l kept my cycling and exercise clothes which are both in their own drawers. So everything left actually hanging up in my closet represents 10 days worth of outfits of only my most favorite pieces of clothing that I love wearing.
Anything that didn't make the cut was either donated, sold at FreeStyle Clothing Exchange in Sacramento, or put up for sale on the Mercari app. More about that app later this month as well. It is so easy getting dressed in the morning for work. I love it.
But "things" or "buying ban" aside, the book made really think about other things. Here are some passages I highlighted when reading:
"The ban uncovered the truth, which was that when you decide you want less, you can buy less, and ultimately need less money."
"There is something to be said about being totally self-aware and still choosing to do what you know is bad for you."
"The truth I was learning, was that we couldn't actually discover what we needed until we lived without it."
I think for $1.99 for the kindle version, The Year of Less is totally worth a read.