Shopping: The fine art of acquiring things you don’t need with money you don’t have. ~Author Unknown
We cannot underestimate the power of shopping or retail therapy.
Whether you buy a complete outfit or just a small bottle of nail paint – both have the ability to release endorphins.
Shopping is always a great feeling.
Not shopping for a while was not bad either. I went on a shopping fast from October 2014 to April 2015. It included no new clothes, no make up, no nail paints and no accessories.
Life before shopping fast :
I didn’t buy everything I see. Even if it was on sale.
If I don’t need it, I won’t take it for free either. That’s me by default !
I would go on a shopping fast for a month or two every now and then . That’s what motivated me to try it for longer duration.
I was never an impulse shopper. Rather I was very picky. It has to really appeal my senses. Else it’s not mine.
Before I started shopping fast, I donated many clothes – either because I no longer fitted in them ( many college days dresses) or they no longer suited my personal style anymore. I had to part ways with few of my most favorite pieces of clothing. But that was a crucial step before I could start the fast.
Here are six positive side effects of shopping fast :
Recycle : I always believe in recycling a look. And I did that more often while I was on a shopping fast.
Creative : Of course you get to be more creative when you know you cannot rely on new clothes. You learn to mix and match your old ( but still great looking ) clothes.
New life to unworn, hidden clothes : This was probably the biggest advantage of all. I could use many of those unopened ( tag attached) clothes and gave them a new address : from back of the closet to prime time shelf !!
Minimalist approach : I have been trying to follow a minimalist approach towards so many areas in my life and that includes my closets. So the shopping fast only strengthened my minimalist beliefs.
Awareness : I was more aware of my wardrobe, what I have, what I really needed and what I actually never needed.
Spend more time creating , rather than window shopping / shopping in malls. I loved that extra time I had and saved it for my other meaningful hobbies.
Life after shopping fast :
It was a challenge and I successfully completed it. And I intend to do it regularly for shorter durations.
The whole experience confirmed that our ‘wants’ are not necessarily our ‘needs’.
I feel more and more grateful for what I have.
Less is more indeed !!
Will you try this fast ?
If you think your wants and needs are growing and you have a tendency toward accumulating more garments than a closet can accommodate, than maybe you should give it a try.
Would/could you, ever go on a shopping fast? If yes, share your story below in comments.