I´m not a fan of resolutions, I´m rather the person who goes for long term goals. In 2015 I started on some long term goals regarding minimalism.
I don´t take it the way, that you need to change your life from one minute to the next. Most of the time it would be to radical and I would have a big chance to fail. Just to mention, me failing is not an option, period.
So in summer of 2015 I started to look at my cloths thinking do you really need that. I tend to see something and thing “ahhh how pretty, you need to try that on!!!”
To start with my long term goal I had a detailed look into my closet, which has 7 doors and all of them are filled with cloths (some for the evening, the garden, summer, winter etc.). Than I thought to myself:
1. Which of these cloths are you wearing on a regular basis?
2. Which can you give away right on the spot?
3. Is there anything you need right now that is missing in your closet?
It kind of frustrated me to realize that I have my favorite dresses, skirts and shirts which I wear and basically 80% of my closet was just a waste of space. Mhhhhh, still makes me feel like I´m stupid. So my decision was, to wear the important 20 % till they are falling apart and I have to buy new cloths.
In the upcoming weeks I started to ask myself the same 3 questions every time I saw something pretty and after a while, I didn´t even feel the need to say it to myself anymore. I looked at stuff and instantly said “NO”.
But don´t get me wrong it´s not about forbidding yourself to go shopping or to try stuff on. I totally did that. If you feel the need to do it, go for it! It doesn´t make sense to forbid yourself things in general, as I would just spend more time thinking about it and then in the end doing it anyways.
So every time I felt like “I want to go shopping” I went into a store, tried on 3 things and ask myself the questions. Ending up putting everything back and didn´t feel like I forbid myself anything. I just didn´t need it.
It´s the same with online shopping. I look at pages, spare the link and if I´m not going back to that page in the next 10 days I definitely didn´t need it!
Now in the beginning of 2017 I looked back and went through my closet checking what is worn out and which cloths I bought in 2016.
I was really surprised because I could just find one thing that I bought in 2016 a blouse that caught my eye during summer. The most proud I´m on not buying new dresses *yyeeaaahhh*. Now I´m looking forward to 2017 and I will keep you posted.
What did you buy over the past 12, 6 or 3 months?