Birthday pinata fun times.
So I got sicker. Ick. I’m on my second day at home and still can’t pronounce the letter “n”. But I’m able to sit in front of the lap top, which is good. I won’t subject you to awful pictures of me looking like death after 15 seconds in the microwave. Instead I’ll tell you about a little, journey, that I am embarking on. I’m giving up shopping for a month*.
The first picture I ever took for this blog. I never ended up posting it, or the outfit.
When I first started blogging I noticed a bunch of people doing things like this. Saying they bought too many clothes or blogging caused them to spend too much money. And I thought, wow. I really couldn’t relate. I was good at using what was in my wardrobe. I definitely wasn’t spending outside my means. In fact, I wasn’t really buying much new stuff at all. I preferred the challenge of working with what I had. Somewhere along the way that changed though.
Accessories in my wardrobe. This does not include the accessories on my dresser.
A couple of weeks back it all got to be too much. My wardrobe was full (I have wooden hangers so when there’s no more room, there is no more room). I had 2 washing baskets full of clothes to put away. There were clothes waiting to come in off the line and more in the basket waiting to be washed. Not only that but I also knew that there was half a closet in the spare room full (we’re talking packed suitcases) of clothes from other seasons, or that I just wasn’t really feeling right now. I was overwhelmed. I physically felt stressed out.
My “sub-belt” drawer. That is, belts in addition to the 24 (I just counted) currently hanging in my closet.
The problem wasn’t that I was spending too much. I can honestly say that I have never spent outside my means. One of the girls at work commented a while back that she wondered where I got the money from because I always had new things. I told her that nothing I was wearing cost over $20. And therein may be lie problem. I am very good at buying things on sale. In addition to that, blogging has allowed me to explore styles and pieces that I never would have given a second thought before. No one held a shoe to my head and forced me to buy these things but wanting to do something different every day certainly encouraged this.
Side view of hanging belts
I knew that the end of financial year sales was a bad time to impose a shopping ban. Plus we were taking a trip to Melbourne with the pure purpose of shopping so I have waited until now to put the ban into action. I am not worried. I have been in positions before were I couldn’t buy anything for months.
Hats share space with cardigans and long sleeved shirts.
Don’t worry, the outfits I post won’t suffer. I’m actually looking forward to it. It will be good to stop, take stock and make a conscious effort to appreciate what I have.
*Obviously this excludes necessities like food. And foundation with I need to pick up next week. Also, The Man’s birthday falls within this so I can buy presents for him.