Breaking free from excessive consumerism is an essential step not just for a simplified life, but for any life that desires to be lived intentionally.
Consumerism is the idea that increasing consumption of goods and services purchased in the market is always a desirable goal and that a person's wellbeing and happiness depends fundamentally on obtaining consumer goods and material possessions. Consumerism will always be a positive phenomenon from the point of view of economic growth.
At any given moment, companies are fighting for your attention to make you think you need something that you don’t. It’s the modern world we live in. Be aware that advertisements and commercials are there to persuade you to think you need something so you buy it. Notice this and stop yourself from believing it.
Removing ourselves from the culture of consumption that surrounds us allows wonderful habits to emerge in our lives: contentment, gratitude, freedom from comparison, and the opportunity to pursue greater significance. Of course, to exist is to consume. But we were designed to accomplish things far greater.