Though I try very hard not to, sometimes I give into my online shopping habit. There’s something about seeing beautiful things on my computer screen that really makes my clicking finger itch to hit “Add to bag.”
My extensive blog reading habit does not help. I follow so many bloggers whose main mission seems to be inundating me with beautiful yet practical things that somehow “need” to be put into my kitchen/closet/backyard/play room immediately. And yet, I resist the siren call of the beautiful things — but it isn’t easy.
In general, the trend these days seems to be toward buying less. A year ago, I got caught up in the craze of Marie Kondo’s, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Purging felt delicious, folding my underwear into tiny little packets brought me so much joy. I reveled in looking around my bare bedroom and not seeing piles of stuff that had no home.
But, time happens and purchasing beautiful things still calls to me on at least a weekly basis. And don’t get me started on buying the practical. New pajamas (obsessed with Soma lately), new socks, new shoes, new underpants. I need it all! And yet, I don’t need any of it.
And so I daydream shop. Is that such a thing? I love to put things into the online shopping bag and then close the tab. It goes away, and I *almost* feel like I made that purchase and a beautiful new serving platter is on the way to my house. Or that a new pair of booties could be mine eventually.
Lately, when I do press the “Purchase” button — because I am being judicious — when my package does arrive I am expecting it and looking forward to it, rather than it being just something that happens on a weekly basis.
But, I’m human and I love stuff, and so, I have a list of things I’d like to buy. I’ll think about it. Take my time. In the end, if I am still wanting it in a week, a month, or maybe a year, I’ll pull the trigger. And then I’ll get to look forward to a package arriving on my doorstep.
Here are a few of the purchases I’m considering.
I bought a pack of the Bombas socks for running (hahaha, I ran maybe two times and then fell very hard off that train) but now I just wear them all the time. They are so comfortable and I love that they donate socks for every pair that is purchased.
About six months ago I treated myself to two new nightgowns to replace the ratty tee-shirts I had been wearing to bed. I’m not going to call it life changing, but these nightgowns were life changing. Because I nurse in them, they are all stretched out so it may be time for an upgrade.
I’ve never been a robe person, but then I became a nightgown person! And it turns out when you are a nightgown person, you also must be a robe person. Otherwise you’ll be rolling out of bed and immediately putting on pants, and who wants to do that? I’ve been wearing a robe that I inherited from my great-aunt and I’d really like a super cozy warm robe for when winter hits, because in case you weren’t aware, winter’s coming.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year and this year I’m considering hosting our group of twenty. Which means I will need more serving platters, right? When I got married (almost seven years ago), I had a more ornate taste, but lately I’ve been loving more minimalist platters that let the food shine and don’t clash with whatever tablecloth or placemat I decided to use.
Now to ruminate over whether these are purchases worth making. What have you been itching to buy?