A Conscious Closet
Last month I made a conscious decision to stop shopping cold turkey for a whole year. I took a really good audit of my closet and listed a bunch of items on Tradesy. I came to the realization that I emotional shop and spent far too much time and money on clothing.
When I began to take a serious look at the clothes hanging in my closet I started to notice that I while I loved many of the items at some point in my life, I found it hard to part with them because of the emotional connection they brought up. In many cases, I couldn't let go of them because for some crazy reason I felt like I would be letting go of a moment in time I wanted to remember.
I also realized that I often buy items for the dream version of me. Which turns out to be a glamorous socialite who goes out on the town every night and loves red boots, leather mini skirts and super sexy yet sophisticated tops. But, the thing is that most days I'm in workout clothes and on the nights I do go out, which is sadly often just once a week, I usually wear jeans, Van's slip on sneakers and a basic tee or sweater.
It was actually easier than I thought it would be to stop shopping. That is until last week when I started to think about what I was going to bring on my upcoming trip to Maui. It turns out for all my old shopping days I actually didn't have many basics and too many of my clothes are black. So I ended up going to Madewell and buying four short sleeve shirts and a pair of shorts. I decided that it was an acceptable purchase and I made sure to buy sale items over full price and to stay on point and only buy items that were appropriate for the trip and that I could wear again.
I'm sure I will be tempted again to shop and if I do crave I will at least shop with a purpose and do my best to not buy for the real me, not the version I dream of being.