Things I No Longer Buy

I don’t call it minimalism, I call it being smart and economist!

I’m that girl when people bought certain stuff or trying certain activities, I want it too. It's FOMO or just curious. From knick-knacks to extensive things. From “just going to try” to “ended up collecting”, like indoor plants, or bullet journal, or gym subscription. Ugh, it’s everything.

Until I decide to not be that girl. These are the things that I no longer buy (includes member subscription as well!)

1. Notebook & Stationery

Being a bullet journalist for almost 5 years, already cost me dollars! Every month, I bought new markers or pens or times when I’m running out of stationery. Every 6 months I need to buy new Notebooks and some stickers. Things I gotta do to make my journal look aesthetic actually motivate me to be productive, ironic.

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Until recently, I’ve been using Notion to replace my bullet journal. Notion is a digital productivity tool that's also a note-taking app. It’s been 3 months since I no longer take notes or writing in Notebook and ever since I no longer bought stationery or additional knick-knacks. Imagine myself saving some money every month and every 6 months.

What a life-changing.

2. Duplicate Makeup & Skincare

Oh my, I use to be a makeup and skincare hoarder! When I was a beauty blogger, I receive quite a lot of sponsorship products, I also bought the newest product to be reviewed on my blog of course. In this situation, I used to have duplicate products. 2 blushes, dozens of lipsticks, 3 mascara, and the list goes on.

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When I quit that job, I’m ended up with tons of unused makeup and skincare. That product ended up in the trash or to my family. Also, when I quit, I no longer bought duplicate products. I only own 1 product for each type, I foundation, 1 blush, 1 mascara, and yeah 2 lip color tho to spice em up.

But at least, I only bought them when I’m running out of them.

3. Extra Bag in Every Form & Color!

Women, women, women.

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We all need dozens of bag colors for each type just in case our outfit doesn’t match. At this time I only own 5 bags and that’s every bag I had. Backpack, tote bag, sling bag. And I already felt that’s a lot since I only wear 1 one of them daily.

The case is similar to my makeup, if my bag isn’t broke, then I don’t need a new one. I recently bought a sling bag, the bag that’ll be used for many occasions!

I still am not a minimalist or a zero-waste. But I’m trying to declutter unnecessary stuff. Decluttering helps me keep the things that really matter and let go the one that’s not useful.



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Rani Nurbaiti

Rani Nurbaiti


This is my thoughts and also a digital portfolio of my writing