I am officially on the home stretch. Exactly one month from today will be the end of my shopping hiatus. If I can manage to exert my willpower for another four weeks, I will have successfully avoided purchasing clothes, shoes, and accessories for a full six months.
I have to admit, I'm a little surprised I've had the self control to stick to this commitment, but I'm so glad I have.
I have learned a few things during this little adventure:
My clothes do not define me.
While buying new things is certainly fun, it's not fulfilling.
Having too much stuff in your closet is detrimental. It's better to own a few things you love, than to own a bunch of stuff you're just marginally attached to.
Getting rid of stuff you don't use is therapeutic.
Quality is definitely preferable to quantity.
I'm not going to lie. I AM planning a shopping trip for myself when this is over. I still love shopping, and I still love clothes. I like pretty things, and I like bringing home something fresh and new. However, now I have a game plan. A list of things to get. A budget. I'm going to try to stick to it, and then be done for the season. I think I can do this. After going six months cold turkey, how hard can just a small dose of self restraint be? ;)