30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
At the beginning of July I started another six month shopping fast. I have undergone a shopping fast like this before, when I first started to minimise my belongings. It really taught me a lot about why I shop, and significantly changed my habits.
If all goes well, I will not be purchasing any new clothing, shoes or accessories for my wardrobe until the end of December.
There are two reasons I am doing this:
- I am at the end of my shopping budget.
- I want to enjoy the freedom of not buying anything new for a significant period of time.
Yes, you heard me right. There is a sense of freedom in not purchasing new things for your wardrobe. Perhaps you can relate, if you’ve experienced it before. I can only describe it as a lifting of pressure; there is no need to hunt or gather.
While I shop a lot less than some, when I have an active wish list, I definitely make an effort to check into my favourite brands every few weeks. I mostly do this online, though I sometimes check out local boutiques that house smaller brands. In that sense, I am spending time consuming on a regular basis, even if purchases are not being made.
Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not against shopping for clothing or shoes. I love it, in moderation. But I do believe taking a break from shopping can really help put things in perspective.
Here are some benefits that occur when you stop shopping.
- You have time to identify your true style.
- You develop more mindful shopping behaviours.
- You learn to appreciate what you already have.
- You save some money.
- You focus less on the superficial.
- You get more free time in your life.
There is never a ‘perfect’ time to start a shopping fast, because we have been conditioned to think that there is always something more we need.
I encourage you to try this with me for a while, even if it’s just for a month or two. I’ll be posting additional material in the coming weeks to help you stay on track, if you want the support.