I’m really trying to make an effort this year to remix my clothes. I have so many nice items in my closet that it’s kind of ridiculous. I have more than enough to get by and I don’t need to be spending money on more clothes when there are much more deserving areas in our finances where that money can..and should be going.
And since jumping into the blogging world, it’s been an overload of brands and labels and the latest and greatest trends. Admittedly, I’ve found myself scouring the Internet for an item a blogger was wearing or stopping at stores on my way home from work to pick up a sale item and realized just how time consuming and crazy it all was. I always seemed to be on the hunt for the next thing to “complete” my wardrobe, but let’s be serious…I was never really going to “complete” it. No one ever is!
That said, I have decided to adjust my clothing resolution a bit more instead of just setting a monthly clothing expenditure. After being inspired by Sarah from Tucker Up, I’ve decided to try and take her lead. What did she do? She decided not to shop for a year. And she came out alive!!
Hold on a minute. WHAAAAT?!
Let’s be real, I don’t think I could just stop shopping cold turkey. But I DO feel like I could do something like this on a small scale for ALL the reasons she mentions. In fact, Sarah wants to continue her challenge this year, but adjust it slightly, to allow one herself to buy one item per month.
I am going to attempt to follow her lead this year, buying only one item per month.
Here are the only exceptions (some of which I am borrowing from Sarah):
1) If I have an item and it breaks/wears out (i.e.- a heel breaks, a sweater gets a hole)…I can replace it with something similar.
2) Undergarments do not count.
3) I can “swap” clothes with a friend, or accept presents for special occasions. (A random Friday is not a special occasion.) Also, complimentary items from brands that I decide to partner with on my blog don’t count.
4) Any income I make from selling clothing or accessories I no longer want, I can use to purchase something else, or put it towards the cost of my one item. (Honestly, I don’t think this is a loophole- I don’t foresee myself selling all that much this year—after cleaning out my closet in December, there isn’t much I want to sell.)
5) And the final exception is if it’s in God’s plan for me to bear a child in 2014, I think that gives me means to drop the challenge, or at least alter it significantly.
So there you go…I’m putting it out there for everyone to see, so now I HAVE to hold myself accountable. Gulp.
Wish me luck! I think it will be tough, but so rewarding in the end. An eye opening experience for sure!
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