I feel kind of like that...I unofficially compacted for the last year. I didn't really, but my mindset shifted so much that I hardly wanted to buy anything. My definitions of NEED and WANT really changed and I just realized there were very few things I really needed.
Most of my clothes were old to begin with, but now after buying hardly any clothes for a year, stuff started wearing out and fitting wrong. I needed new shoes and jeans, so I bought some. BUT, instead of the way I used to be, where I would buy cheap clothes, feel unsatisfied and buy more cheap clothes I didn't really like, I bought only the clothes that fit REALLY well and were going to last. The money I spent, is at least a good investment, and I won't need to buy more any time soon.
Are you wanting to buy things just because, or are they things you really need? I've been getting more excited about buying quality things that help my daily life, rather than just acquiring stuff.
I think I'm just feeling conflicted from basically going from not buying much new to then allowing myself to do that and then feeling frivolous and try to justify to myself why I am doing that. I bought a few things which make my home work better for me, I enjoy to look at, but in reality aren't a NEED kwim? So it's not clutter, nor actually solves a real problem, but I like it. I guess there's not really a problem - but what brought the whole feeling to a head yesterday was visiting with my parents who are pretty big spenders. They buy quality and it's all really useful stuff that I would love myself but can't afford - storage ideas, books and more books (I love books) etc. So I felt like I was missing out, whereas in reality, even if I weren't aware of or desiring to live simply, I wouldn't splurge like that anyhow coz of financial reasons.
Anyway, I guess there isn't really a problem, and I'm content most of the time. Thanks for listening.