The time has come…I’m doing a No Shopping Challenge, starting now. I’m finally trying to curb my spending habits with this long-awaited Shopping Ban.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE clothes and I love choosing beautiful new items for my collection but I have a ton of clothes. A self-imposed shopping ban is the best way for me to simplify and reflect a bit/break with bad habits while giving my credit card a break. And, to be honest, I have more clothes than I can wear in a year so I’m very ready for a shopping detox.
I have enough. After assessing what I already own and realizing that I have enough to last me for a (long) while, I think it really should be possible to make do without a few things I thought I wanted –> turning to some healthy minimalism. As much as I love fashion and accessories – many of us are so lucky today and live in a good bit of luxury if we’re honest. …When I look around my closet I cannot but realize that I already have so much clothes and I’d love to make the best use of all that I own instead of piling up more and more. I feel it’s just not sustainable to buy new clothes every month (which I currently do). Although I always try to make a habit of wearing what I buy it’s just getting too much, my closet is packed and I’m not really willing to let go of clothes I still love just in order to make space for new finds. I’m also beginning to find it quite stressful that my closet is so cluttered/unorganized that it gets hard to find things I know are there…somewhere. Apparently, many of us are guilty of only wearing about 20 percent of our clothing the majority of the time anyway.
I’m a packrat by nature, carefully saving things for sentimental reasons or “just in case” that hot pink jersey bolero with organza flower applications will be just the thing I want to wear. In self-defense, I have to say that I have rediscovered several things in my wardrobe over the years which I was actually happy about. But here comes another reason: I hope to get more creative with outfit choices and combine the things I already have. As I mentioned before, clothing is also a way for me to express my creativity, so spending some time remixing my current wardrobe would be quite an excellent creative endeavour.
I would also like to save a bit and break bad online shopping habits which my credit card would surely be thankful for. I would like to have a bit of money to fall back on eventually which I absolutely don’t right now.
So, summed up, this is what I hope to achieve by doing this challenge:
- sustainability (less spending, using up resources)
- economical independence (saving some money to fall back on)
- appreciation of existing wardrobe
No shopping for clothes, accessories or shoes within the next 3 months. Ideally, I will extend this to 6 months.
I will try not to be so rigid that I end up depriving myself of basic necessities though. So should I find that I really need new underwear or a rain jacket during the ban, then by all means, I will go out and buy what I need. But nothing extra (the hard part). No designer handbags. No silk cami because it’s on sale somewhere (and let’s face it, you can always use a good silk camisole).
I will be allowed to recycle clothing, i.e. do DIYs and make my own clothing such as knitting a top for myself. So when I really crave something new I will need to get creative!
I plan to check in at the end of every month to let you know how this challenge is going. I will also include any observations, moments of weakness or triumphs over spending urges I encounter and whether I managed to stay away from online shopping. And I will be needing your guys’ support.
— I still have a notable backlog of hauls and new items I haven’t shown you on the blog so don’t be surprised about New In posts during the shopping ban. Those will be items purchased before July 1st.