Shop Your Closet Challenge: Six Months and Still Going

This is my closet… 

Actually this is just one side of my closet. The other side is pretty full too.  I actually don’t have enough room for all of my items to fit in my closet.  For years and years I have been obsessed with fashion and shopping.  My obsession with fashion is so bad that when I watch anything style related the hair on my arms stands straight up.  I’m not sure if any of you remember but in 2010 Oxygen had a show called “House of Glam”  I’m obsessed with this show!!!  Like I still stalk it even though it only lasted one season, I bought the season via YouTube two years ago and I watch it probably at least once a week… Hey! Judge your Mother!

My obsession with shopping on the other hand is now non existent.  LOL I’m you’re probably giving me the side eye right now but, I’m serious.  I really haven’t shopped for clothing in about six months.
I always wondered when and if I would ever stop being obsessed with having the latest and the greatest.  I actually never thought it would happen for me.  But, in March I came across this YouTube video about shopping your closet for one year. This was just around the time when I was looking at the mess of clothing in my bedroom thinking how I never wear more than half of the items in my closet.  So, I decided to try it out.  I honestly didn’t think I would last but, here I am six months later and I have not bought a single article of clothing.  The challenge has been hard, especially now that its September and all of the fashion magazines are showing the latest fashion trends for Fall.  I have been forced to re purpose different articles of clothing, I’ve gotten rid of tons of items that I have not worn or didn’t care for anymore which made room for me to fit more into my closet.  

In the beginning I challenged myself to see how long it would take to repeat an outfit.  It took about 6 months for me to run out of options for clothing and then I just started from scratch and started repeating outfits again.  

Pros:
  1. Forced to be creative with outfit choices
  2. Saved a ton of money that helped me pay down my debt
  3. Earned money for my clothing by selling items to The Buffalo Exchange
  4. Helped others by donating unwanted items to charities and to friends
  5. Motivated me to do other challenges like walking at least 10,000 steps a day and bring my lunch everyday. 
Cons:

There actually have not been cons to doing the challenge.  I’ve found that I no longer shop out of boredom or to fill voids and I’ve become a lot less materialistic. 
I’m no where near my goal of making it a whole year without shopping but, I’m already wondering if I’ll go back to my old habits when its over.  I think one of the major things I’ve learned is there is so much more to accomplish in life other than having a brand new Gucci bag.  I’ve found that I am more motivated to do other things like starting my Youtube channel, this blog, owning a home, building my relationship with God and being free from materialism.  I’m not really sure why I was so materialistic in the past, but I think a huge part of it came from attempting to keep with what I saw on Social Media and on Television. Shopping was my comfort zone, and now I’m learning to find comfort in myself.

Until next time lovies…

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