Shopping Ban Update|Five Tips to Stop Shopping

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

I am currently undergoing a six month wardrobe shopping fast. I started this challenge in the first week of July. My plan is to not purchase any items for my wardrobe for the next six months.

Changing a habit is a hard thing to do. A long time ago, back when I had a TV, I learnt from Dr Phil that you cannot change a habit unless you create circumstances to support the process. The five points below are some ways to help support the change.

  1. Write down the benefits. Be honest with yourself about why you want to stop shopping and the benefits of doing this. What might change in your life if you stop shopping for your wardrobe over a period of time? Some benefits could include gratitude for what you have, saving money or becoming more mindful with your purchases. Being clear about these and being able to refer to them if you falter will help you stay on track.
  2. Identify your shopping triggers. This might sound a little melodramatic, but it is useful to be aware of why you compulsively do things you might regret later. I am the first to admit that emotions trigger me to shop. What triggers you to shop? Knowing this is another step in being more mindful about your shopping habit.
  3. Replace the shopping habit. Dr Phil says you need to form a new habit to replace an old habit. If something does trigger you to shop, it is useful to have a replacement activity for shopping. What is something you can do instead of shopping that makes you feel good? Maybe you can call a friend for a chat, engage in a creative activity or read a book? Write these activities down so you know how to redirect shopping urges.
  4. Let your loved ones know. Telling people about your goal will help you stay accountable. Let them know what you are doing and why. Perhaps you and your best friends can go to lunch on Saturday instead of hitting the mall. You might end up inspiring someone else to implement a shopping fast of their own, and you can support each other in the process!
  5. Shop your wardrobe. Learn to be grateful for what you already have. It’s valuable to remind yourself that the reason you started the shopping fast in the first place was because of the pure abundance of things you already own. Make all your clothing visible by hanging it up. Try on all the existing items in your wardrobe. Match them with new things and wear them in new ways.

I will continue to write posts and make videos about my shopping fast progress over the coming months, so stay tuned!


Below is a video about this topic. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for new minimalist themed videos every week. Follow me on Instagram where I am currently documenting my 10 x 10 wardrobe challenge. Follow my Facebook account for minimalist resources and updates. I’m selling some of my jewelry here. I also recently started a Patreon account where for a small donation you can view additional content. I just uploaded an additional post up there relevant this topic.



  1. Hi there, a very practical post! I especially found value in the tips about shopping your wardrobe and replacing your habit. Saturday morning used to be my prime shopping time but I signed up for a Yoga class at 8.30 in the morning, to replace this. By the time the class is finished, it would be too late to go shopping and I’m also finding that, after the lovely chill-out, zen feeling from a Yoga class, I no longer want to visit a crowded mall, full of impatient people, so it’s a win-win. Lxx

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  2. I didn’t realize it, but this past month I had been shopping when I was feeling lonely! So, although I’m not able to go on a shopping fast for 6 months yet, I am for this month. Thanks for this post! It was really helpful and the tips are applicable!

    Natalie | Natalie’s Alchemy

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  3. I enjoyed reading your post, as always. Your post actually reminded me that I really can’t remember the last time I bought clothes, it must have been six months or more ago. I know your blog will inspire others with curbing their shopping habits. I’ve discovered those who shop to the extreme are harbouring pain and try to pacify their pain through the instant gratification shopping provides them with.
    Hopefully your post will reach out to those who find it difficult not to step foot in a shopping mall.



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  4. Thanks for the video and the tips! I’ve just started a semi-shopping fast – that is, I need to sell all my unwanted clothes before I buy any more. The tips and encouragement will come in handy when I start getting the shopping cravings again!

    xx Miss Piggy

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  5. Great post! I coincidentally just told my husband last week I’d decided not to buy any clothes/shoes until 2018. I’m really frugal so it’s not so much that my Goodwill and Clear the Rack trips are extravagant, but it’s definitely leaking money because I’m buying stuff I don’t really need. I like the idea of really appreciating what you have. Hopefully I can see what I wear and don’t wear, so when I do buy clothes again I’ll be doing it a little more thoughtfully and not so impulsively!

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  6. I’m feeling the urge to read more which I hope means I’m less inclined to add clothes. I’ve realized that I’m resisting a lot of major impulse buys for clothes. I hope this sticks. I just added a couple of fun pieces so I’m hoping I can go the rest of the month without spending on clothes save once. It’s a cute little hippy store I always seem to find something good in when I’m on vacation.

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  7. While I managed to cull my wardrobe, packing my things for my next move has made me realized how much of my clothing I haven’t used. Sure, some items are seasonal. New England winter requires thicker jackets and thermal clothing but I found myself really looking at my clothes and realizing that I could survive on a fewer clothes – and shoes!

    I still don’t know whether I can go on full minimalist mode but the idea has taken root.

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