I used to love going shopping, owning a lot of clothes, shoes and accessories, etc. I would buy cheap clothes at Zara, H&M or other fast fashion stores, that wouldn't last long and were poor quality.
In the past year, Travis and I have started our journey into minimalism. We realized how much stuff we actually had (and didn't need), when we had to pack all our belongings to move overseas to Italy.
We started decluttering our life and eventually went through all our stuff once a month. Since February this year, we have gotten a lot more serious about it and are now doing it weekly.
Not only do we get rid of a lot of things, we also buy a lot less.
Whenever I do buy something, I try to buy used items at flea markets, secondhand stores or if I have to buy something new, I make sure they are made out of recycled materials, vegan, ethically made and, if possible, locally made.
Today, I went through my clothes and made three piles to get rid of, one to donate, one to sell and the other one is for my mom and sister (we all have the same sizes). Getting rid of stuff is incredibly freeing and liberating! I realized how privileged we are to be able to live in such luxury and how damaging it is, not only to ourselves, but also to others who are less fortunate, and especially the environment.
If you haven't watched the documentary 'The True Cost', about the awful impact the fast fashion industry has on the garment workers and the environment, please check it out (it's on Netflix).