preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual,or cultural values.
Since we have chosen our new tiny cabin, and are now #mountainliving, I decided it was time to re-visit this post from 2014 as I am going through my entire household and getting rid of things! So if you are looking to de-clutter and free up your space and time, then getting rid of materialism is for you!
The bible is extremely clear on what God thinks of materialism.
Luke 16:15 says: You make yourselves look good in front of people, but God knows what is really in your hearts. What is important to people is hateful in God’s sight.
It’s pretty straightforward, if your intentions are not pure and are not seeking after God, but instead trying to please the world, you will not be rewarded by the Lord for your actions.
The way, I believe that the Lord wants you to show the world how to be modest and humble is by living simply. While it’s okay to dress up once in a while for a date with your husband, or a special event, I don’t believe in dressing up everyday. I try to keep my wardrobe to jean and khaki skirts that are plain and simple, not drawing attention to anything in particular. Also, by wearing t-shirts or button ups that are simple without many graphics that would lead wandering eyes astray. I try to draw attention to my face by adding simple yet pretty earrings, or a flower in my hair. Saying that, this next little secret I am about to tell you about myself will seems extremely silly.
I wear between 4-8 of the tops that I own on a regular basis. I wear maybe one or two skirts per season and do a lot of washing. Yet today, I did 60 lbs of laundry. You heard me right. 60 POUNDS OF CLOTHES THAT I DON’T WEAR!!! How ridiculous am I?
All this hard work, and $20 in quarters has me realizing that not only am I making my life more difficult by having to focus on housework rather than bible time, but I am using shopping and the things it brings as an idol in my life. Instead of turning to the Lord when I am upset or troubled, I shop…and shop…and shop. In turn, this has led me to have an extremely negative effect on my budget, and in turn on my relationship with my fiance.
By spending $20 here and there that were not planned for in our already tight budget, it brought a strain to my fiance and I who are trying hard to save for a wedding and a house. Temptation from the devil has led to many unnecessary arguments and unwanted items brought into the home. Luckily, I have recently cut back for the most part and hope to continue doing so for good in the near future.
Recently, we have decided to start adding a fun spending category to our budget where each of us receive $10/week to spend on whatever and whomever we would like. I have found this to be soooo helpful in this shopping problem of mine. Not only do I take a lot more time to think about how I’m going to spend that $10 knowing that that’s all I have for the week, but now in this new (and very small) apartment that we live in there’s not a lot of room. Hence, I really stop and consider what I’m buying. It has really helped a lot.
So for those of you who are shopaholics like me, what can you do to create a simpler life, without materialism at the forefront?
1 | Create New Habits
If you have a habit of going shopping every Saturday or doing laundry only once a week, or even cleaning out your closet once a year…change it.
- Stop shopping. Period. If you shop a lot there is no more reason for you to shop at this very moment. No clothes, no toys, no mocha lattes.
- Instead of doing laundry once a week, do it twice or three times a week. Not only is it a lot easier but it will really help you reconsider if you need all those tops and jeans.
- As for cleaning out your closet, I’d say clean it out about every three months. Yep, you heard me. Every time a new season comes, so it’s time to see what you’ve worn in the last. This will help you quickly eliminate any clothes you’re not wearing and not going to wear.
2 | Get Rid of a Ton
Along with getting rid of occasional clothes every season, have a major goodbye party for your clothes right now. Take each section of clothing out at once and go through what you wear, what you need, what you don’t need. (i.e. tops, jackets, jeans, skirts, etc.) Let me give you a *bonus* tip: You don’t need more than 5 pairs of pants/skirts max….that’s one of the biggest wardrobe killers I’ve found, that and tops. If you’d like a more detailed guide of what an appropriate sized wardrobe is, check out my Women’s Wardrobe Checklist.
3 | “For Every Action There is a Reaction.”
What I mean by this, is that every time you do end up going shopping and buying clothes, you must get rid of one item from your closet for each item you bought. This way things don’t pile up and get crazy all over again.
So when temptation comes knocking again: stop, think, reconsider. Do not give into that small voice of temptation.
Are you having issues with materialism in your life? What’s the biggest problem for you? Leave a comment below!
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