“I have a challenge for myself for 2019”, me talking to my husband.
“What is it?”, he asked.
“No buying of clothes, bags & shoes challenge for 2019.”
He was perflexed and said, “That is not a good challenge, why not do something like a goal, and once you achieved it, buy something for yourself.” And so I needed to explain.
Just to be clear, I am not doing this to restrict myself. Here are my 4 reasons why I want to stop buying those three items:
- I have more than enough.
Shoes, sandals and slippers combined, I have 20 pairs of them. 5 white shoes, 1 peach sneakers, 4 ballet flats, 4 heeled sandals for special occasions, 2 closed shoes with heels for formal events, water shoes, scented shoes for rainy season, wedge sandals for casual wear, flat sandals, and a couple of slippers. I am not a centipede to buy more pairs.
Dresses. I can go to work for 30 days without doing the laundry. Gowns, swim wears, sports wear, I have more than I need.
Bags. Bag packs, sports bag, laptop bags, tote bags, convertible bag, sling bags, purse, beach bags, I have them.
- I have no more space for the new ones.
I want to feel lighter this year by letting go of the items that I don’t use often. I want to have more space this coming year so I did some decluttering last month. I have observed that whenever I buy new ones, I just give the old ones, even if they are still good to use just just because I have no space for the new items anymore.
- Waste of money.
Husband and I were at the outlet stores last month, and just because we put a budget in shopping for bags, I unintentionally bought a similar bag to the one I bought last year, only different brand this time. I now owned 5 white shoes. I have shoes that I haven’t worn yet.
- Maximize the purchased items.
Buying a 1000-peso shoes worn 2 times will just give me a price of 500 pesos. But wearing it 1000 times (approximately 3 years), in my mind, I just bought the shoes for 1 peso only. 🙂
Of course, there’s always exception to the rules. I don’t want to come to a point wherein just because of this challenge, I will inconvenience myself. So I have set 2 exceptions:
- If I get pregnant. I am size 0-1, so it is impossible for me to find clothes in my wardrobe now to fit me once I’m 4-month pregnant. Unless, I borrow from my husband. 🙂
- If I broke/damaged what I have now.
I have been thinking about this challenge for 2 weeks now, and surprisingly I still feel good about it. I am also excited to know more about myself after this challenge