Today’s LIVE WELL topic may seem a little extreme or totally normal depending on your lifestyle, but it’s an idea I’ve been toying with lately. Living in LA and having a blog where fashion is a major component, it’s very intriguing to think of going an entire month without buying any new clothes. Eeeeek, and kinda scary honestly!
I recently shared a post on using the minimalist movement as inspiration for spring cleaning, and let’s just say it got my wheels turning. I think it would really force me to explore more of what I already have and challenge my creativity. That actually sounds pretty fun, no?
I like to think that the reason I purchase new clothes as frequently as I do is because it’s a form of creative expression. But can I do that with what I already have? I’m thinking that consuming less clothes would probably actually help make me more creative because I’d be forced to re-imagine versus always jumping to the next thing.
And what about the money spent on said clothes? There’s no doubt that going on a shopping freeze of sorts would create a new sense of financial freedom. In some of the reading I’ve done on minimalism, one of the biggest reasons people choose to embrace it is because they no longer want to feel like a slave to material possessions. It also can be a good step for our environment and to cut out the more, more, more mentality.
Another thought I’ve had is about learning to find happiness and satisfaction elsewhere. I don’t necessarily think we should eliminate the things in life that give us joy, but I’ve never stopped to question those things either. Like, why do I get a rush when a package arrives or when I walk into one of my favorite stores? Something to ponder.
Has anyone ever done a shopping freeze? I’m curious what you learned about yourself during and after?