Anyone that knows me well is going to one, find this blog post shocking and two, think I am absolutely crazy.
Where to begin…
For a few years I have been following a blogger @meghall who last year embarked on a journey she called #NOSHOP19. This past year I have been watching her journey and have been so inspired that an avid shopper like myself went from buying, buying, buying to not buying throughout 2019.
Though I haven’t added it up, I probably spend a couple thousand dollars on clothes and shoes every year. In addition to this, I end up throwing away a bunch of clothes every year too. Why? I honestly think shopping just gives me something to do, it takes up time and it’s fun. Or at least it was fun. Since moving back to Toronto, I have only gone shopping three times, all with friends. Minus the friends, I haven’t found the joy in shopping that I used to and I think it is because I have started realizing that clothes, shoes, purses; they are all just things. They aren’t where the real memories in life are.
It is seriously atrocious how much money I end up wasting on clothes that I only end up wearing a few times. I am a deal finder. But what I ended up doing was buying things just because they were a good deal. So I would buy, buy and buy clothes on sale to only wear maybe once (if at all sometimes) and then give them away.
So back to @meghall. Seeing Meg’s blog and Instagram this past year has made me realize that there is so much more out there than just shopping. So I have decided I will be following in Meg’s footsteps and I will not be buying any clothes, shoes and pretty much useless items that I already have (like I seriously have at least 5 very good reusable water bottles). Is this going to be hard? Probably. The first few months will most likely be easy and come as a relief but when summer hits and new clothes start coming out it will definitely be hard.
Now there has to be a few exceptions:
- If something I use often is damaged or worn out, I can purchase the exact same item to replace the old item which I must get rid of.
- Essential items such as underwear, bras, socks can be purchased but I must get rid of the old version before buying new.
- I must do a summer closet clean out to get rid of any old things I don’t wear/use anymore. (I just did my winter clean out yesterday and honestly it was like a massive weight has been lifted off of my shoulders).
- If I need to purchase work clothing and shoes, this is exempted from #NOSHOP20.
- I just cannot buy clothing and shoes for myself. If I need to purchase birthday presents/Christmas presents that involve clothing I can buy them.
Overall, my main goal is to just start focusing on my life and not having to spend money to be happy. I am hoping that #NOSHOP20 allows me to start fresh and start appreciating the things I already have. I am also hoping to reduce the amount of stuff I own to make it more simple to not only organize but make it easier to get ready everyday!
I will be updating my blog every month or so on my progress through #NOSHOP20. I hope you enjoy following me on this journey and who knows maybe even join in!
* This is definitely going to be a learning process and things are bound to change but I will update everyone if they do!*