It’s been a while since my last blog post and since then my crave of wanting to buy has definitely increased. As the season changes it is easy to get into the normal thought process of shedding those thick, woolly jumpers and wanting buy something new and fresh for the spring. I have had to avoid all email updates from Cath Kidston, and the like, to deny myself the chance of sighing over all the pretty clothes, shoes and bags coming out for the warmer months. I feel that I shouldn’t be so easily persuaded to buy because a new line has come out, but as the kids say, it’s FOMO*.
I’m still really proud of myself for sticking with this challenge. More often than not, I set myself a resolution or a new way of doing something and I fail within a week. I’m even quite surprised at myself for not coming up with a reason to abandon this challenge and revert back to old ways. There were times when I thought that I just seemed like I was being self-righteous when talking to people about it, or that maybe I was going about this challenge the wrong way, but I’ve been encouraged by others and it’s interesting to see an equal divide between people who respond to my challenge, “Wow, I couldn’t do that! A whole year?!” and “I think I could do that.” If you’re reading this and wondering if you can do a year without buying clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry, I want to say to you, “Yes you can.”
The main things to consider are:
- Your wardrobe – how much do you own?
- Do you have enough to keep you covered for every season?
- How much would it affect your spending if you stopped buying clothes?
- What do you want to get out of it: an appreciation of what you already have; to save money; to save the environment; to have a wardrobe detox?
I think my reasons for doing this challenge are a mixture of all the above. I do aim to buy more consciously when I complete it and I’ve learnt some tips about how to look after what I already have. It’s also quite humbling when you spend a year not buying new things. It puts into perspective the majority of our population who don’t have spare cash to treat themselves. I am in the top 5% of income earners in the UK. It shouldn’t be hard to give up clothes shopping for a year…right?
*fear of missing out