Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the cool, beautiful, amazing stuff at your fingertips, courtesy of the internet?
Pinterest especially makes me sort of crazy. I love it for the boundless inspiration, but feel like I can’t spend too much time there because of the constant inundation of pretty must-have products, from gorgeous fair isle socks to fancy cookware.
But here’s the thing: I can’t have it all. And that feeling of wanting all the time actually really bothers me. Sure, online window shopping can be entertaining and pleasant. But when I add it up, it ends up feeling like a lot of wasted time and misdirected energy. Especially since I don’t actually want all that clutter in my life!
Sewing helps a lot with this. I can look at most clothing and redirect my thoughts easily from, “ooh pretty!” to “what do I like about this and how can I use that creatively?”
Another thing that I’ve found helpful is having stricter criteria about what I’ll spend my money on. For some people, that might mean having very high quality standards. For others, it might mean buying only very specific items that perfectly match their style or life.
For me, those are both important aspects, but one thing I’ve been concentrating more and more on is how ethically things are manufactured. Where are they made? How are the workers treated? What is it made from? How transparent is the company selling it? Do I feel comfortable giving them my money?
Not only do I feel better about voting with my dollars, I’m starting to realize how easy it is to bypass 99% of the stuff floating around out there, no matter how cute it is. Being able to sew makes it even easier. That’s a manufacturing process I have considerable control over (though not total control, since I buy fabric).
I am privileged. I live in an incredibly affluent country and can afford comforts, amenities, and even an occasional luxury. I have access to just about every sort of product imaginable. The question for me is, how much do I need and what sort of world does it support?
With so much stuff out there you could be buying, what criteria do you use to decide what to bring into your life? I’m interested to hear from you guys!