Let’s talk about fewer, better things. This is something that I say to myself (and clients) a lot. I wish that I could take credit for the phrase, but I got it from Cuyana - which is a favorite fashion brand of mine. Over the years as I have graduated and moved on from hand-me-down furniture, cheap fast fashion and costume jewelry I have found myself taking inventory at certain points and asking the question “do I really need this?” I am sure we have all found ourselves doing the same at certain times of our lives. But a couple years ago it occurred to me that the way I want to structure both my life and my business is in terms of fewer…. better things.
Let me explain this idea as I so often do to clients in regard to their home and budget: I would rather intentionally and thoughtfully spend money well once… rather than 3 times poorly. Meaning that I would rather clients save up for that amazing, perfect custom sofa or turkish rug that is perfect for their home and will last them for decades to come… than have them buy a less expensive version from Home Goods (no offense to home goods - love their accessories) that they most likely will not like, or it wont be in good shape in about 5 years or less. They’ll end up replacing it and spending the same in the end for their “backup” items as they would have from the start - sometimes more.
Or another example: personally, I would rather have one, really amazing cream wool sweater in my closet (even if it is a tad more pricey) then 4 similar knock-off versions from H&M that I wont like in a year. Get my drift?
I like the idea of maintaining fewer but better things in my life. Whether that means items for my home, clothes in my closet, dinners that I eat out, relationships that I maintain or just how I spend my time in general. I want to be more thoughtful and intentional with my time, energy and resources. So sometimes that means not being afraid to drop some good money on a really nice, quality item (when its the perfect thing… and not paying for 3 knock-off versions in the long run) but it doesn’t always mean “more expensive.” Sometimes a cheap dinner out with a friend…. or an inexpensive sundress - that is just so darn cute and I’ll wear it a million times - is just the thing I need! The idea, however, is to be thoughtful and really fill your life in terms of quality vs quantity whether thats by means of your money, time or heart.
SO if this idea resonates with you too, I would encourage you to start taking inventory of where you spend your time and money. But also, don’t be afraid of a larger price tag sometimes… spend your money well the first time, get it right and don’t waste it on a lesser version right now.
In case you are interested…. here are a few of my favorite retailers for home/fashion/lifestyle that I feel provide quality, worthwhile options that I can vouch for: