I’ve previously written a post on things I don’t buy to save money, some of which coincidentally benefit the planet, but this time I felt inspired to write a comprehensive list of things I only own one of in a bid to reduce spending and the accumulation of unnecessary stuff. I made this change within the last 3 years. Whilst I love living cheaply I always aim to buy good quality items when on offer so they last and I don’t have to keep buying them. I also dodge fad items instead opting to buy things I genuinely love or are classics.
- One set of bedding – it’s reversible so has 2 patterns. I find these dry really quickly when washed first thing, particularly in the summer, and I’ve yet to find a pattern I love as much as my current set so don’t see the point of owning more than 1.
- One large towel – I’ve never felt the need to own a second or third as this totally does the job for me.
- One of each staple make up products such as foundation, mascara, quality eye shadow palette etc. I don’t wear make up very often and just stick with the same styles. I’ve never understood the need for multiple primers, contouring products etc but that stems from being very fussy with what goes on my face due to adult acne.
- One of each basic toiletry -I find keeping things simple helps my skin not to freak out, save me money and keep my bathroom shelf from being clogged up.
- One phone case – which I bought half price on eBay 3 years ago and it’s still going strong. Again, the print is very me and it works brilliantly. I don’t need a whole wardrobe for my phone…
- One pair of glasses (and sunglasses) – I find it hard to switch between prescription styles and they’re not cheap so if I like them enough to spend quite a bit on them I certainly should like them enough to wear them exclusively!
- One LBD – A Ted Baker dress purchased from a charity shop for £16
- One pair of trainers – bought from an outlet
- One hair styling tool … a hair dryer – I don’t use curlers or straighteners. I sleep with my hair in french braids if I want beachy waves.
- One classic black leather handbag purchased from an outlet for £50 around 6 years ago.
- One basic belt in black leather that does the job so I don’t need any others.
- One overnight bag with over the shoulder carry strap. Sometimes used when stocking up on food with packets, tins etc. It’s a great multitasking bag.
- One manicure tool – a glass nail file which has been with me at least 5 years.
- One small TV – I grew up in a house with only 1 TV so have never understood the need to have multiple in several rooms.
- One subscription service only – Amazon Prime which I use to watch TV and films, listen to music daily, on occasion order things for myself and friends.
- One pan – the flat I live in has a fully equipped kitchen meaning I don’t need to own any glasses, chinaware, cookware etc. If I did there frankly wouldn’t be enough space in the kitchen anyway!