I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate! We had a lovely, peaceful day together–I feel so grateful for so many things this year, especially our health. Now that Christmas is over, my thoughts are turning to the new year, and how to begin new habits that will hopefully stick!
In an attempt to start the forthcoming New Year off on the right foot, I’m not going to shop for clothes, shoes, or accessories during the month of January. I have several reasons for doing this–one, I want to see what I have and what I need; two, I don’t want to be tempted during the inevitable post-Christmas sales; and three, I want to be cognizant of and grateful for the things that I have. With the new variant, it’s doubtful I’ll be leaving the house much, and I’ll have time to really take stock of what I do need when the pandemic is (hopefully! finally!) over.
I am going to make a few exceptions to this rule, which I’m noting here:
- I can make one exception for this rule during the month of January;
- Using gift cards doesn’t count towards the no-shop rule (but I can’t go above the amount of any gift cards, unless that is my one exception);
- If something is irreparably ruined and needs to be replaced immediately, then I can replace it with that exact item (but the item must be worn at least twice a week.)
I’m also planning to unsubscribe to most, if not all, store emails to avoid any temptations. This is something I did during Black Friday (thank you to Judith for this tip!), and it worked really well. I’m also going to avoid blog posts that only talk about what you absolutely must buy during [insert store name]’s sale. I hope this will be helpful, and help to continue to build on habits I’d like to create for the future.
Have you ever done a no-shop month, and if so–please share what worked for you!