Something I did do though is spend $10.49 and $15 at etsy.com on some vintage children's books for my little girl- the exact books my mother used to read to me. I used eBay earnings to make the purchase and couldn't be happier- there is STUFF, and then, there is stuff that has a value that the price tag doesn't reflect. These books are like that to me- and clothes, no matter how much I enjoy them, don't compare. I'm still fighting my shopping demon- I have $25.49 less to go towards clothing for myself, and it stings a little. Being a minimalist rather than a maximalist will take time. I'm too used to having my cake and eating it too!
But back to my wardrobe- the things I keep finding that I actually need are not the things I like to shop for. I need a pair of replacement black flats and I need to replace my 'handbag' that also is a diaper bag and lunch bag in the way I use it. It's beginning to fall apart, same with the shoes. It's not been those things I've been pining away to buy! I need to focus on the real NEEDS more and less on the latest and greatest from my favorite stores!
One last revelation I've had deals with something that Debbie Roes calls 'benchwarmers'- items that you wear extremely infrequently (her definition I believe is less than 2x a year). I still have a lot of benchwarmers despite a smallish, recently culled closet. I pulled out one of my benchwarmers on Sunday to wear- a pretty black open cardigan with chiffon and lace layers in the front. I love the style of it and always pick it first to keep in a cull. Well, now I know why it's a benchwarmer- it is too small for me. I've made this mistake too many times (buying things a size too small) and I feel like I finally have learned my (expensive) lesson. And again this morning- I tried to wear my black leather jacket (see worn here). It's also too small (I outgrew this one), which is why I never wear it. How many times have I tried something on, didn't like it/felt 'off', and just put it back in the closet instead of in the sell/donate pile? I always assumed I wasn't doing it right and would find the perfect outfit for it later. I need to start trusting my gut instinct, and asking myself WHY!
Sorry for the rambling/haphazard content of this post!
Anyone else have any recent revelations, or have anything to share?