Yup, I’m jumping on the bandwagon: I will start a 1 year shopping fast as soon as I get back from my summer holiday. Actually – if I am being completely honest it might be only 10 months, or 11, but it will still be a good stretch of time and in any case 1 year sounds much more impressive than 10 or 11 months. In the past I have scoffed at people doing this, claiming it to be too extreme and a complete overkill, but over the past few months I have come to the conclusion that I think it would do me good. Why?
- I can’t physically fit more clothes into my closet. This is an embarrassing thing to admit, but it has come to this. After a summer of record heat (which lead to some necessity-driven clothes shopping) my closet is now full to the brim of excellent, well-fitting clothing, appropriate for any season or occasion. Blizzard-proof parka? Check. Flip-flops? Check. Party dresses? Every-day dresses? Semi-formal, semi-casual, fun and flirty dresses? Checkity check. Unexpected wedding, funeral or bachelorette party? Got them covered. PJs and sweatpants and t-shirts, oh my. Trust me, I’m good.
- I want to save money. I love nothing more than to watch my savings account grow, and since we still rent our apartment I would very much like to boost my savings for the day when we’re ready to buy. I also want to travel to NYC again next summer, and the flight + hotel will probably cost me around $2500 unless we stumble upon a great deal or decide to try Airbnb. In any case I would really like to fatten up my bank account. This is also why the shopping fast might last less than a year, as I’m keeping it up until our next summer holiday.
- I feel slightly out of control. Not in a shopaholic, reality-TV, ready for an intervention kind of way, but I have recently noticed a pattern where I buy a thing only to immediately want a different thing instead of just enjoying the first thing. Which is ridiculous. I’m a control freak at heart, and I don’t like myself when I act like this. I don’t want to be that person. The world needs less of that person.
So there you have it. I want to stop the madness and save money while doing so. There are, however, exceptions. I know myself well enough to know that I can’t go a whole year without buying a single item of clothing, shoes or accessories, so I will have to set some ground rules.
1. I can buy socks and underwear, but within reasonable limits. This means that there has to be an actual need. No buying them because they looked cute.
2. Buying replacements for worn-out items is fine as long as I don’t already own something similar. I can’t imagine I’ll need to do this with any clothing, but I might have to replace shoes somewhere down the line.
3. No cosmetics unless I need to replace something that I use every day. Have you seen my makeup collection? Complete overkill.
4. Digital books are fine, but remember the Kindle library. I have a bunch of books saved that I have yet to read.
5. I have a free pass to buy a nice winter coat and a black oversized wool sweater. I was supposed to buy them last winter, but didn’t find any that I liked. Also, if Topshop finally decide to re-release their Baxter jeans with a 36″ inseam I will place an order ASAP, because #Leggygirlproblems.
6. No eBay or Etsy, unless I’m buying a present for someone or need to replace a makeup item that I can’t buy locally.
I feel good about this. It isn’t a spur of the moment thing, and I know I can do it because I have done it before (for shorter periods of time). I’m not usually a fan of extremes, but the benefits of doing this will be huge and I can’t for the life of me see any drawbacks. There will be other luxuries, like getting my hair dyed and buying the occasional caramel macchiato, so it is not like I will be living like a monk – just slightly less like a first world brat. I will of course keep you posted every step of the way.