I feel as though my “no spending for a year” is pretty similar to a diet- instead of food, it’s makeup and clothes! Now, this is pretty tough, I have definitely cut my spending by a lot (more than half) since I started and my perspective has slowly changed as well.
I used to watch youtube “my makeup collection” videos and I used to be extremely jealous of all the makeup other people had. Now, I’m not really jealous at all. Sometimes too much is simply too much. After seeing someone, I won’t name who, who had a whole cabinet devoted solely to lip products, I was really happy I didn’t have that much. There were about 9 drawers full of lipstick, lipgloss, and lip treatments (and this was after she gave away 70% of her stuff). Needless to say, maybe I am a bit jealous of her nicer items, but overall it just seemed a bit bizarre to have that many lip products. I’m lucky if I get through 4-5 tubes a YEAR. Compared to some, I have a reasonable amount, and by reasonable I mean ONE traincase of makeup, not completely filled up. Still, that is too much to me because I hate throwing away makeup that I haven’t really used (that expired) because I was busy using all my other products. By the end of this year my goal is to have 2-5 items of any “type” of product, i.e. foundation, powder, eyeshadow palettes, lip stick, lip gloss, or blush.
So I’ll be starting a “series” ( I don’t know what to call it) of what I do have, so yes, it is my own “makeup collection”.
However, on the clothes aspect of things, I really don’t have a lot, but still I don’t want to buy random stuff that I’ll only wear for a season just because I found it on sale (I want to find something on sale that is timeless :)) So I was thinking like a diet, maybe I can do one “cheat day” a month. Obviously, I can’t just buy everything on that day (that would ruin the point of my project) but I can buy ONE item that cannot exceed in price over $50 that I can justify by using it for AT LEAST two years. I feel by letting myself have one cheat item a month I will be less tempted to buy things and it can be a little “reward” for sticking to my plan.
What do you think? Will this do more harm than good?