A Bunch of Pretty Things I did not Buy (112)

7143VwFk9NL[1]This is a unique book with an important message, given our consumer culture. We should stop shopping so much and try to strike a balance between buying nothing and hoarding and cluttering our homes and life with relatively ugly stuff.

To strike this balance, we should aim not to be guided and enthused by advertiser to buy everything that they are encouraging us to buy. instead, we should pick and choose what we buy — on the basis of what we need.

But we should also de-clutter often so that we are not overwhelmed by stuff. We should also buy quality items that last longer. Then we may not have to throw out so much all the time.

We can take steps to buy less by practising resistance more. It gives us freedom like nothing else. We should also practise not to shop as often as possible.  It may appear to be hard at first not to shop until you drop. But anyone can stop shopping. It is a habit that can be broken!

I also love Sarah’s rules for better shopping. Sarah argues that we have to engage in conscious consumerism or what I like to refer as reflective consumerism.  This means that we should think before we buy anything. We may not need the item or we may already have something like it at home in our closet.

What a great book with an important message!

Rating: 5+ Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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