Being mid-February, it is essentially the halfway point in my winter shopping season. I am all but done. I might allow for one more ‘pick me up’ buy in late March and/or April, as I’d originally planned for, but next season’s shop isn’t until May. Here’s where I stand.
I managed to stick to my list and avoided impulse buys. Last week I had a couple of close calls, with summery items I didn’t need yet, but backed down. I’m very happy about this. My one allowance out of season was a designer leather skirt that I thought I’d acquire in fall. But when a $700 item comes along at $150 I am more than happy to shop out of season. Also, I am at 10 items, which is a lot, true, but not over my 30 a year limit if I buy this much again my next two shop ‘seasons’. Truth be told, spring/summer should be lighter since most of last year’s FL purchases fill this category.
Okay, there are 13 items up there, but 2 are uniform pants and one is a uniform shoe. Believe me when I say these are not going to be in my regular closet rotation, and that they were very necessary. Even more so now that I have been offered the grocery job I’d applied to a few weeks back. The pizza place allowed jeans or black pants, the grocery and golf course are black pants only. 2 pair are a bare minimum really.
So, basically it’s now all over but for the waiting, or the wearing I should say, ha! It remains to be seen how well I do with stopping now that I’ve filled my season’s needs. I have had some moments now that I’m peeling away the distractions in life (shopping being one of them) where I feel very restless and anxious. And sure, trying to change careers and reintegrating into your life after moving away for over a year are stressful. But life always has something to throw your way.
Along with careful acquisition, I also got a bit more ruthless with getting the closet pared down. I am now at extrapolated project 333 numbers, or 132 items. I took in some items to be altered this week, too. Things I have still worn as is, but that I always knew would be better with a strap shortened, or a pant leg hemmed an inch. These alterations might cost me upward of $50 but will be worth it.
Lastly, I’m doing very well on the body maintenance and keeping at a stable size. I run once a week and getting back to regular work has me moving a lot more overall. I should hit weights more regularly and/or get into a weekly yoga class. I will, in good time. All things considered, I’m right where I want to be with my wardrobe and my shopping plan. Pretty amazing really. Here’s to keeping on track for the whole of 2015!!
How is your shopping going? Did you move to a more seasonal approach? Is it working? Do you feel the drive to shop just to fill time or is it falling into its proper place in life priorities?