It can be easy to fall into the same old habit of running to the store just because you want to get out and have something to do. If you’re interested in living a more minimalist life, having some ideas on hand for activities other than shopping will help you break this pattern.
Try this list of 31 activities for some minimalist inspiration to get you started.This post contains some affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you use them (at no cost to you). Full disclosure.
Why shopping is a minimalist’s enemy
Shopping is mindless, easy, and let’s admit, it can make you feel good in the moment. Research has shown shopping activates the reward centers of our brain.
But is that short-term boost really worth it? If you’ve read the 3 biggest mistakes keeping your house cluttered, you know you’ve got to stop buying things you don’t need in order to reach your decluttering goals.
That short-term pleasure will be a distant memory when you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and out of control among all the STUFF that has accumulated. That’s why you were attracted to the benefits of minimalism in the first place, right?
Not to mention the effect on your finances. How many times have you checked out and swiped your card without even noticing the total? The act of buying has become so habitual.
As moms, sometimes you just need to get out of the house. I totally get it! And a change of scenery is a great idea.
But is shopping the only option? Not by a longshot!
Add some new activities to your rotation and knock shopping off its throne as the default option. Experiences bring more lasting happiness than things, so you could even create some great memories in the process.
This list of ideas is a mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Some of them are free, and all of them should cost less than your average trip to Target or the mall.
There is often so much of our local area we have yet to explore because we’re caught up in our everyday routine. Did you know there are over 10,000 state parks in the United States? How many have you visited?
Expand your horizons and meet your minimalism goals by giving one of these a try instead the next time you grab your keys to go shopping:
A minimalist’s alternatives to shopping
1. Go for a walk
2. Visit a museum
3. Go bowling
4. Take a yoga or fitness class
5. Go to the movies
6. Visit a public garden or arboretum
8. Take a tour (local news station, factory, historic building, local college, etc.)
9. Visit a bakery
10. Go boating (rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboat)
11. Have coffee with a friend
12. Visit your nearest State park
13. Go to an arcade
14. Find an event on Facebook to attend
15. Go to the library
16. Visit a nature center
17. Go to a local theater production
18. Visit a historic site
19. Join a Meetup group and attend your first meetup
20. Go to a comedy club
21. Get a pedicure
22. Take an art class
23. Find a new spot somewhere out and about to read
24. Go roller skating or ice skating
25. Visit a berry patch, orchard, farm, or creamery
26. Go to a music or dance performance
27. Play miniature golf
28. Take a cooking class
29. Do an escape room or murder mystery outing
30. Go to wine, beer, or olive oil tasting
31. Visit a zoo, aquarium, or animal sanctuary
Did you find something on here that sparked your interest? I hope so!
I live in a medium-sized city, and all of these options are available nearby. If you’re in a rural area, you might need to get a little more creative.
Your local online newspaper can be a great source of options for activities. Seasonal and cultural events can also be fun to participate in.
Avoid the temptation of going to a shopping center just to look or walk around. You know how this can end up!
Remember what appeals to you about minimalism and be intentional about aligning your activities with your values.
Now get out there and enjoy yourself, mama!
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