No new clothes this month

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I have been known to buy a lot of my clothes as impulse purchases. Which means that I see something and I go ‘Ooooooooh, it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!’ and poof, somehow it ends up in my wardrobe. Potentially never to be seen again. And that really sucks. Like, REALLY sucks.

Sometimes it doesn’t actually fit me right or the colour ends up not suiting me. Or maybe it’s just something that requires a very specific event (I’ve still got my eye on Cinderella’s ballgown). Whatever the reason, the result is the same – I end up wearing it once if not never.

A couple of years ago I went through my wardrobe – and I mean every item of clothing that I own – and I got rid of (mostly donated) about 3/4 of it. (Still one of my proudest moments to prove to myself I’m not a hoarder and can in fact let go of things.) However, since then I’ve somehow managed to accumulate a LOT of clothes again. Most of which I never wear. And like I said – it sucks.

It doesn’t help that I gained a lot of weight when my mental health was at its lowest that I’m now struggling to shed. Even so, I really don’t need that many clothes.

And that’s why I decided not to buy any new clothing items in September. Now we’re half way through the month and I have caught myself browsing different stores and finding all these cute clothes that I added to my shopping basket, only to remember that I’m not actually going to buy any of them this month. Which in a way is quite liberating.

It’s a bit weird, isn’t it? That restricting yourself can feel liberating? But it does. I can browse to my heart’s content but not spend any money. It’s great!

I’ll let you know what I think about this by the end of the month. Will I feel like I’m ready to break free and buy all the everything? Or will I actually learn something from all this.

G.

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