If you, like Madonna, are a material girl and find yourself having visceral reactions to a store-wide sale notification landing in your inbox, this one's for you. I love clothes. And jewelry. And shoes. And bags. I think a lot of guys and gals out there do. While I know I am not alone, and feel no shame surrounding my constant impulse to shop (or my "shopping is my cardio" tank top) there comes a time in every adult's life when other things start to garner more financial prudence over Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace.*
Minimalism and Marie Kondo saved my budget. I began listening to The Minimalists podcast a few years ago and it really changed my outlook on "stuff" and why I feel like I need it. Marie Kondo greeted millions of Americans hearts much like she greeted each house she entered this past year (in a v cute way). The combination of these two things soon made my favorite weekend activity throwing stuff out. But less than a month later, those sale ads tempted me and I replaced the old stuff.
So how did I cut the apron strings (I love aprons) for good? I had a massive expense of paying two rents for two months and couldn't buy anything other than food and that whipped me into shape. Yep. Sales are wonderful, yes, you can save so much! But think about the cost in relativity to how long you will cherish that Marino Wool Sweater from Banana Republic that *spoiler alert* you will probably ruin the first time you wash it. The key to financial security cannot be found in a J. Crew email. You must find it within yourself to ask:
- Do I need this?
- Do I already have something like this?
- How long will I own this? Is it seasonal?
- Do I know how to take care of it?
- Does this item spark joy? *KonMari Method
I know that not everyone will be able to quit or be forced into quitting like I was, cold turkey. I was financially forced to get more creative with my existing wardrobe andended up finding so much joy in trying on different ensembles that it curbed my habits for good! I do know that by asking these questions before you hit submit on your next order, you might remove a few $$$ from your cart.
How do you shop for clothes? How much do you spend per month? When do you deem it appropriate to splurge on a classic, quality piece? Do you mark your calendar when a sale is going to hit? I'd love to know
*Versace- by Migos