I recently thought I might try something new this year. Something that I haven’t done before, and that many people couldn’t do if their life depended on it (and that others regularly do it rather easily).
I decided I wasn’t going to buy any new clothes in 2012. For the whole year.
I’m the kind of person that gets bored easily – I like to update my wardrobe through the year, and always have a bit of a spree at the start of winter and summer. I have been long exploring the idea that you can be happier if you can accept what you have rather than always wanting more. I have been practising it a lot, and wondered if I could take it this one step further.
So, I’m going to have a new clothes embargo in 2012. No new clothes or accessories for a WHOLE YEAR. These are the rules I have made:
- Replacement of essential items that have been damaged are allowed. By essential I mean that there is only one of them in my wardrobe, and it’s needed for work or something important (like underwear!)
- Gift cards can be redeemed (I have none, but if anyone wants to join me they can do this)
- Clothes-swapping and borrowing from friends is perfectly acceptable
- Clothes received as gifts are also acceptable (I have to wait until December for my birthday so this will be of no use to me!)
- Accessories are included – no new shoes, jewellery or handbags either (unless conditions satisfy rule #1)
Why am I doing this? A few reasons:
- I bought more clothes and jewellery this year than I ever have (BEFORE I decided on the embargo!) and I think I have everything I need to get by
- It will teach me to be patient
- It will teach me how to be more creative with my wardrobe instead of just buying something when I get bored
- It will save me money (this is a minor reason; I’ve never really spent a load on clothes or shoes)
- I just want to see if I can do it!
- It will show me that I don’t need new things to be happy
- I won’t have to go shopping (I don’t like it!)
- It’s something fun to blog about and share with others
- My wardrobe is full.
Tell me what you think – could YOU do it?