After my most recent Sephora haul and two online orders from Tobi and Forever21, I thought to myself- Why do I need more makeup/clothes? Don’t I have enough? I have more makeup then I could ever need for the next two years, yet I still buy more thinking that somehow this new foundation would be better than my last when in fact, it does more or less of the same thing. I am a college student and I have enough clothes to last me two weeks without doing laundry. To me, that is plenty and I am not able to fit much more clothes in my dorm closet!
I use http://www.mint.com to track my finances. I recommend this website to those who need a little help budgeting. It lets me search for a retailer, such as Sephora, and then it will show me how much I’ve spent say from Nov. 2011- Nov. 2012, or any other time frame I’d like. I was shocked to see that I’ve spent $600 on Sephora in the last year! This is just from Sephora! This does not inlclude my drugstore makeup, of which I own even more. I could have bought an iPad with that money! For clothing, it gets even worse. I spent more than 2,000 dollars on clothes in the last 12 months! Granted, this includes two Michael Kors purses, one Kate Spade cross-body, and a Kate Spade wallet. Still, that is more than a thousand dollars on clothing from Tobi, Forever21, H&M, and JustFab. Clothing from these stores are not worth the investment. I’d rather take those 1,000 dollars back and invest on a few key pieces from J Crew or Banana Republic.
After this realization, I knew I needed to change, but I didn’t know how. I’ve started a project 10 pan, but I wanted to extend this to clothing also. I stumbled upon (okay, I googled) a post on blogher (http://www.blogher.com/year-without-new-clothes-or-cosmetics) titled 2012: My Year Without New Clothes or Cosmetics. This drew my attention and I have decided to do a 2013 version of this. I will basically follow the same rules she listed out with a few alterations (in bold):
- In 2013, I won’t buy any new clothing items for myself, unless I need underwear, bras or t-shirts. Or I randomly get invited to the White House or something like that and other very special occasions
- No accessories or jewelry, either — I have edited my closet, make-up, and work wardrobe to a place where I feel I have what I need.
- Gifts/hand me downs/swaps are fine to accept.
- Tailoring/mending existing clothes is fine and encouraged.
- I’m also going to add a new challenge this year, which is no new MAKE-UP and skin care. Basic moisturizing, mascara, and cleaning refills are good, but nothing else. No impulse buys.
I will begin this project on January 1, 2012 (after the holiday season). For the next month, I will be preparing and will try to keep my shopping limited to gifts and necessities. I have already stopped buying any more makeup. Hopefully, by constantly updating this blog, I will actually stick to this New Year’s resolution.
Wish me luck!