|My closet and a few of my acessories.|
Ever feel really overwhelmed? I mean really overwhelmed? I am. And I don’t think I’m the only one. In fact, I know I’m not…I’ve spoken to a few of you…you know who you are. Anyway, today I opened my closet door and I was assailed by that feeling again. Why? ‘Cause I’ve got a lot of clothes. I mean a whole lot. Ask Husband. Ask any of my friends. I swear. And I still shop. Again, I’m not the only one here that does that. Retail therapy is a cliche for a reason, am I right?
Don’t get the wrong idea here. I’m good with money, I have plenty of savings, I’m not in credit card debt, I don’t spend above my capabilities, I can’t relate in any way to “Confessions of a Shopacholic”, and I’m certainly no candidate for any reality tv series. It’s just way too much for me. And I really don’t need any more.
Fashion is suppossed to be fun,and it usually is for me. But like I said, today I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t face my clothes. I didn’t want to get dressed. And I didn’t. I’m sitting here in sweatpants…sweatpants that should be reserved for the sole purpose of sweating – as in working out.
So, on the heels of a recent conversation I had with a friend about paring things down and getting down to the essentials I’m going to do something drastic, at least for me anyway. I’m going to stop clothes shopping. That’s right. You heard it. *Husband is probably thinking, “WHAT?!?!?!”* I need to simplify things. I need to not get overwhelmed by my closet anymore. So, yeah I’m going to do it.
Here are my rules:
1. Clothes includes accessories – bags, watches, earrings, shoes, etc.
2. Gift certificates that I still have can be used.
3. Anything I win (and that’s unlikely), like a credit or something, can be used.
4. If it’s an essential need – and here Husband gets the verdict – like underwear or socks that’s allowed. For example, running sneakers have to be bought this year.
5. I’m allowing myself a parole during Threadsence’s/Ruche’s winter and summer clearance sale to get no more than three things combined.
6. This is to last until my birthday week (December 29th, which also happens to be the last week of the year) – at which point, if I like I can go take advantage of boxing week sales and shop.
7. Final rule: I can break all the rules twice – as in two items.
Everyone’s doing a 30 for 30 days…I’m doing an *insert number of items I own here* for 324 days. Who’s with me?