Decluttering Money & Shopping

Consuming Media as a Minimalist

Consuming different types of media, such as books, magazines, TV shows, movies, or YouTube videos can be a lot of fun. It’s entertaining and often educational. But DVDs, CDs, books, and other items such as these can end up taking up a lot of space.

Get a library card – and use it. Instead of purchasing every book you’re interested in reading, you should go to your local library. Odds are they have what you’re looking for or can do an interlibrary loan. Now, there might be some books you’ll actually need to hold onto for longer than two to four weeks. But if that’s not the case, you might as well borrow instead of purchasing. You’ll end up saving both money and space in the long run.

When you do buy books, get ebooks instead of physical copies. Besides having a library card, I also do have an e-reader. I purchase books on there sometimes – especially when I travel. This saves space, and I do often end up purchasing books at a lower price.

Rent movies using Redbox or an online service. Instead of purchasing DVDs, rent movies you only intend to watch one time. This is so easy to do now, and you don’t even necessarily need to leave your house to make this happen.

Stream movies through an online service. Whether you prefer Hulu, Netflix, or something else, subscribing to something online where you can watch TV shows and movies gives you a multitude of options without creating that physical clutter.

Purchase movies online exclusively. When you do decide to purchase a movie, you can so easily buy a digital copy now instead of buying a DVD. You’ll still be able to watch that movie whenever you want, but you won’t have to deal with the space it takes up. And no matter how large your collection gets, the physical space will remain the same.

Cancel magazine subscriptions. If you enjoy reading magazines, that’s fine. But cancel subscriptions to the ones you hardly even flip through. Instead, you’ll probably be able to find these at your local library. If there’s one issue that particularly grabs your attention, you’ll likely be able to find it at a used bookstore. You’ll be able to save money this way, and you can pass them on again when you’re done.

Use moderation, and get rid of what you’re not using. Whatever tips you do or don’t choose to follow, keep in mind that minimalism is about getting rid of the excess in your life. If you’re consuming media that isn’t adding to your life, try going without it. At first, it might feel weird to cancel that subscription, but you might end up finding that you don’t actually miss whatever you got rid of. Try going without certain items, and see if you’re better off without them.

Are there any types of media you’ve decided to consume less or cut out of your life completely? Let me know in the comments.

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