I know this whole blogging thing seems like all fun and games (and let’s be honest, it mostly is), but there are definitely some parts that are less than ideal. For example, shooting outside in negative degree temperatures (again I saw, screw you winter!), or looking at 10,000 horrible photos of yourself to find 1 good one (that is about the ratio for me, but I admit, I am my own worst critic).
One of the hardest things for me as a newly hatched blogger (or did I emerge from a cocoon? Where do bloggers come from again?) is stifling my urge to always be shopping and instead utilize the clothing I already own. I love putting together outfits, but I constantly find myself saying “Oh, I need this exact thing I don’t have to make this look perfect!” and running out to buy it, rather than “Well, I already have this great item, could it do?”
To try and halt the growth of my ever-expanding closet, I have decided to institute a new mandate for myself I am calling “One In, One Out”. The rule is simple; every time I buy something new, I have to get rid of an item I already own in the similar style. So if I buy a new sweater, I better be ready to say good-bye to one currently in my closet. I even purged my wardrobe of items that I no longer wear just to avoid the temptation to cheat (as in, ooh new skirt, guess I’ll just have to sacrifice that itchy wool one I haven’t worn in 2 years…).
I don’t know that this will completely quell my borderline shopping addiction (Hello, my name is Jeanne…), but I’m hoping it will help me to be more thoughtful about what I purchase and better appreciate the lovely items I already have. Wish me luck!