A lovely reader suggested I give myself a little bit of slack allowing myself to buy one thing over the year of not buying clothes.
I live about 300 metres from a charity shop, though my town and local city don't have ANY consignment shops, but have decided that I am not going to even buy one thing.
The problem is that for me, it's a slippery slope. The moment I buy one thing, then a buying avalanche ensues and it becomes 2 and 3 and 4 and so on.
Utter and total abstinence, a bit like I am with alcohol. I find, that whilst very rigid, total abolishment of the thing doing me no good works best. I simply don't do 'a little bit' very well. I guess you could say I am a kind of all or nothing person in many ways.
This serves me well, mostly. Except when I fall off the wagon, I fall off to the extremity I previously demonstrated in my rigidity.
I am determined to do this. I just know that this will be the making of me. Far beyond what I will save, will be the self-esteem, the knowledge that I finally succeeded in killing a very bad, destructive, life-long habit.
The only possibility of my buying anything in the clothing area is if someone gives me money or a gift card to a place I could buy something I think I need. But most people don't do that, they know my attachment to coffee and coffee vouchers far surpass my wish to buy more clothing.
It's super early days. But this time I have a confidence I will achieve my goal.
It could also be down to the fact that yesterday I discovered a pair of black skinny leg jeans I didn't even know I owned...which made me realise there are likely to be several billion other items that I have but didn't realise.
A whole new wardrobe is about to be birthed!