Blogs like Six Items or Less, Miss Minimalist and The Great American Apparel Diet have inspired me to reduce the amount of clothing that I have. Throughout the past year I have simplified my wardrobe and donated many gently used items. Now I would like to go further and simply buy less clothing. Upon reflection I think I can eliminate buying clothes altogether – at least for a year.
Think of all the time I won’t spend shopping for clothes, trying on clothes or watching for items to go on sale. Then there’s the catalogs I won’t have to look at — although very few are delivered to my house these days. After spending so many years working in the retail industry (before teaching) this will be quite a change!
With the money that isn’t spent on clothes I would like to increase my giving to organizations that help solve the problem of poverty, such as Mary’s Pence. While charity helps the immediate situation, many non-profits are now focused on solving the underlying problems that cause poverty. Mary’s Pence is one of these. This is much more difficult and requires a long term focus along with extensive education. But it can, and is being done.
As for clothes, My husband suggested that, if necessary, I could always purchase something at a resale store – as long as I donated something for each piece I purchased. But I hope to avoid that entirely.
What do you think? Can I go an entire year without buying clothes?
Could you? – for a month? three months? a year? Take the challenge. Join me! Let me know how it goes.
P.S. No – this is NOT a picture of my closet – but a picture of my closet in my dreams.
Tomorrow – a trip to the beach . . .