The most common question I get asked about living purposefully is how to start. Starting is the hardest part of anything. Especially when you’re trying to change you entire lifestyle. It sounds expensive, challenging, and takes a lot of time. While it does take time and effort, there are ways to live purposefully that are completely free. Because saving the planet with your clothing choices doesn’t have to cost you.
Believe it or not, I actually saved more money than ever when I decided to live a more purposeful life. I also found myself having way more time for things I actually enjoyed. I stopped spending a half hour here or there adding things to my virtual shopping cart or going down the Instagram rabbit hole. It ended up saving me hours a day and costed me nothing.
You don’t have to jump in full force to live a purposeful life though. There are tons of ways to live purposefully that don’t cost a single thing and take no time out of your day. I’m not saying it will be the easiest things to do, but they make a bigger difference than you might think.
1. Stop Watching Fast Fashion Hauls
Yes, I said it. The only way to stop the problem with fast fashion is to stop caring about it. The more we give these YouTube videos or blog posts views, the more people will do them. What you give your time to is what gets the power. If you don’t bother looking at it, there’s a better chance of it going away. Or, at the very least, your life getting much more purposeful.
Speaking of time, you’ll also save a whole lot of it. Think of how easy it is to get sucked into YouTube video after video. Now imagine spending all of that time doing something productive. It’s a total game changer.
2. Stop Shopping & Start Researching
Buying sustainable or eco-friendly clothing can sometime be expensive. Do you know what’s not expensive? Not buying clothing. The first step to living more purposefully is figuring out what that means to you. When you stop shopping and start researching, you save a ton of money.
It also gives you the power to invest your money in things you need rather than what you want. When it comes time to start spending money again, the entire way you look at shopping will change. You might spend more per item, but there’s a good chance that you’ll still be saving money in the long run.
3. Write Down Your Habits
In order to live a more purposeful life, you have to know what you want to change. Try writing down all the habits that you have on a piece of paper — as old school as it may seem. Look over your list throughout the day as a mental check-in to make sure you’re not doing them. It could be something as simple as not online shopping. Because to make good habits, you have to break the old ones.
4. Swap Clothing
One of the habits I had to break was constantly buying a new outfit every time I had somewhere to go. It’s the perfect excuse to shop! Instead, I started asking my friends if they had anything that I could wear. Not only was it completely free, but it saved me from running out and buying something that I’d probably only wear once anyways.
It also brought me way closer to my friends. There’s nothing more fun than getting ready together and raiding each others’ closets. This is the perfect excuse to do that.
5. Clean Out Your Closet
It’s impossible to know what you have if you haven’t gone through your closet. The first step to living and shopping purposefully is to figure out what you have and what you need in your closet. Holding onto random articles of clothing for no reason is overwhelming. It’s hard to live a clear, purposeful life when you have too much stuff.
You can even take it a step further and sell your clothing online. Apps like Poshmark and ThredUp make it super easy to sell your clothing all without leaving your house.
Moral of the story: you don’t have to spend tons of money to live purposefully. It can seem daunting to change your lifestyle, but it’s cheaper than you might think. You will have to put in the effort though.