I love challenges. Running challenges. Reading challenges. Healthy eating challenges. Yoga challenges. You name it. My next challenge: no buying clothes for a year.
Getting settled with Colin over the last month has opened my eyes to how much stuff I actually have: specifically clothes. Anytime I move, I try to inventory what I own and what I can donate or repurpose. I usually discover some old treasures I forgot I had. As I was moving, unpacking, and organizing all of my clothes, I realized that I have an overwhelming amount. Clothes that I haven’t worn for 5 years and that I keep moving from place to place.
I hang onto clothes whether they fit or don’t fit. Donating stacks of Iowa State T-shirts that I never wear does not mean I am donating the college memories. Slowly, I am learning that hanging on to everything does not make me any happier. In fact, it weighs me down.
Enough is enough!
I am challenging myself over the course of the next year to not buy any clothes. I am looking forward to this challenge because I know it will help me to be more creative with the clothes that I do have. Accessorizing in new and exciting ways to spruce up my current wardrobe can be fun! I have taken bags of clothes to Goodwill. I am owning the fact that I do not need to keep hanging on to items of clothing waiting for them to look cute on me. Maybe it’s not me! Maybe it’s the pants.
Doing more with less, making something out of what I already have…these are things that I want more of in my life. I have a lot to learn about living a simple life but every step I take leaves me feeling more and more refreshed.