I have unbelievable news, guys. I’ve stayed true to my 31 Day No Shopping Challenge so far, and I’m half-way done! Time to celebrate (just not with a shopping spree)! If you missed what this is all about, head to the original post here where you can read about why I decided to take on the challenge and some tips to get you started if you want to try it out, too.
Over the last two weeks I’ve had time to think about even more great ways to keep yourself honest over the challenge and how to get the most out of your closet. Here are some more steps I have considered to stay successful through the rest of August.
Do Some Mending
I’m ashamed to say that tucked inside a basket deep in my closet was a pile of clothes…and they had been there a long time. It was my mending basket. A few items that had torn seams, lost buttons, or small holes needing a quick sew job that I had ‘forgotten’ about. I really always knew they were there, but I kept telling myself I would get to them another day.
Well, no time like a no shopping challenge to get right on those clothes!
This black top used to be one of my favorites for work until a button came off in the wash. And it sat in that mending basket for probably around 8 months until I fixed it last week. So wearing it yesterday to work after so long it almost felt like something brand new.
I sewed a seam together on another top, and two skirts with broken zippers are being dropped off with a seamstress this week. While it does cost money to get items fixed, it’s a lot less than you would spend buying new clothes.
Get Your Iron On
Yuck! Look at those wrinkly clothes! If there’s one chore I despise, it’s ironing. When I have items that need to be ironed I toss them in another basket that hides deep in my closet, and I only tackle it once the overflow becomes so much that I can’t close the closet door. So I end up having forgotten about a lot of items by the time I actually get around to ironing, and it’s a treat to shop my own closet once they are pressed.
I wish I could say I’ve already gotten on top of this step, but that would be a complete lie. I like to iron and binge watch some of my favorite Netflix shows, like Mad Men, but I’ve been a little busy. Maybe one day I will invest in a heavy duty steamer to make this chore even easier, but until that day…I’ll have an overflowing basket every month.
I should make a little rule for myself that I can’t buy new clothes unless my ironing basket is empty. That would get me on it really quickly!
Have a Clothes Swap
In addition to my mending and ironing baskets, I usually have a pile of clothes that’s ready for donation. Whether I’m over the particular style, or it just doesn’t fit me the same way anymore, I always have around 5 items I’m willing to part ways with. Before I bring them to the thrift store, I usually ask my girlfriends if they’re interested in anything first.
A good idea would be to make it a little more official and invite some of your girlfriends over for a clothing swap. Everyone can bring stuff they aren’t into anymore, and it doesn’t matter if you’re all different sizes. Bring accessories like scarves, jewelry, sunglasses, and I’ve even given away sanitized makeup items that didn’t work for me (nude lipstick…I looked like a corpse!).
Keep Your Goal In Mind
Whenever you embark on any challenge, it’s important to keep the end goal in mind. That’s not rocket science.
So whenever I’ve been tempted to get something off of my Amazon Wish List (like this winter coat that was less than $30 last week), I think about the travel plans I have next month and how those adventures are priceless. I wouldn’t want to sacrifice any part of the trip because I didn’t have the budget, and reminding myself of that makes it a lot easier to lay off the online shopping.
Photo by Kayla Williams of Heart and Soul Photography
Did you decide to try the 31 Day No Shopping Challenge, too? How is it going for you? I’d love to hear any tips that have been working for you!