I put myself on a clothes-spending diet in January; my goal was to buy no clothes, absolutely none, from the begining to the end of the month. I also decided that the time was right for a serious clear out of the contents of my over stuffed wardrobe. As this is the last day of January I am reflecting on how the spending cut back and the wardrobe clear out went.
I am not sure if the people I read about in magazines, you know the ones, with shelves of neatly folded colour-sorted tees and jumpers (sweaters) and pristine stacks of shoe boxes with pictures glued to the front showing at a glance what’s in the boxes, actually exist. What I do know, for sure, is that I am not of their tribe. Decluttering chez moi has been a case of weeding out unused bits and pieces from drawers filled to the brim with not so neatly folded items and removing some of the clothes from my bursting at the seams wardrobe to give the remaining contents a chance to breathe. I have ignored over the years the decluttering mantra that says if you haven’t worn something for six months it is time to let it go. That meant that there was a lot of scope to consign a heap of stuff to one very large bag destined for a charity shop. The bag is at the front door, ready to go; I just hope I can resist the urge to *rescue* items from said bag.
The spending diet proved easier than anticipated. However I have to fess up that I cracked in the last few days; I bought a white blouse from COS, which doesn’t really count as I used a voucher to pay for it, and a pair of much reduced Surface to Air jeans. I can as Oscar Wilde said ‘resist anything but temptation’ so the secret to the success of my almost total no-spending-on-clothes January was to stay away from the shops. I am an avid sales and outlet shopper so I felt a pang or two when I saw enticing discount signs emblazoned across shop windows. The easiest way to make sure I didn’t succumb was to remind myself that although I may have found some of my best buys in the sales I have also indulged in credit card carnage buying items that I seldom wore.
I would like 2012 to be the year in which I restrict my clothes buying to only filling necessary gaps in my wardrobe but I am not going to make any rash promises to myself.