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Think Twice Before Buying: Lucía González Schuett (Transcript)

Think twice and try not to order that product when you’re about to run out of it but to finish it first. And then spend some time without it. In other words, try to miss it because there’s so much to be learned from missing things. Plus, you’ll exponentially increase that short-term happiness once you get it again.

Think twice and give yourself time. If you have identified a need hopefully by yourself, jot it down on a wish list or drop that item in your online shopping cart but let it sit there for a few days. You’ll be surprised how much stuff we can happily live without.

You may come to realize you don’t even remember what’s in that cart. And you’ll reduce the chances to regret a buy because you find a better option a week later.

Think twice before buying and go back to fixing. The idea that it is cheaper to buy a new one than to fix it is the most irresponsible argument I myself have ever believed in.

Try fighting plan [to absolve this]. Try the fun of visiting a repair cafe or visiting the shoemaker down the street. Try learning how to sew the buttons back onto your shirts.

Think twice before buying and consider second-hand, the most sustainable way of saving vast amounts of money. If you really need a couch, that’s fine. But let me tell you humanity has produced enough couches for all of us to sit at the same time. And we’re all moving around so frequently that second-hand items are more often than not hardly ever been used.

If we speak about fashion, thinking twice becomes even more critical. Try it if you can to choose quality over quantity, longevity. Products responsibly produced to last at least their complete life time on the long term even across users. That is think twice about buying but also about selling because swapping items among us has never been as easy as it is today.

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All in all, try a shift of mindset to consider yourself a custodian of things rather than an owner. Someone lucky enough to be allowed to use, like in those good old days when part of the joy of reading arose from actually going to the library to borrow the books.

For its dramatic consequences, we all know we need to give consumption a break. Alternatives today are in line with what we want to call the sharing economy among other fancy titles.

It all comes down to being grateful again, to having more by owning less, to exercise the willingness to share, the willingness to ask, even the willingness to lose, the willingness to enjoy deeply and completely for a moment and then return, to knock on your neighbor’s door when you need a screwdriver and him knocking on yours when he needs a bike pump, because what a burden for both of you to each own both things and how enriching to go back to knowing your neighbors.

Ultimately, we know it isn’t the junk in our drawers that is going to make us happy but having the resources, the space and the time to dedicate to the things that truly matter.

Isn’t that worth pausing and thinking twice?

Thank you.


Resources for Further Reading: 

The Minimalists: The Art of Letting Go at TEDxFargo 2016 (Full Transcript)

A Rich Life With Less Stuff by The Minimalists (Full Transcript)

How Many Towels Do You Need: Rose Lounsbury (Transcript)

My No Spend Year: Michelle McGagh at TEDxManchester (Full Transcript)

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