Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seasonal Clothing Claptrap

I may get some stick for this, but oh well- I'll cope.

But I have never understood seasonal clothing, that is wearing certain items for certain seasons. OK I get that you won't wear a thick jacket or a woolly jumper in boiling hot summer temperatures, but putting items away as each season changes seems a bit of a waste of time to me.

If it's cold, you pile the layers on, if it's cool you wear less. Summer isn't always consistent and neither is winter. Even if I had an organised wardrobe (which I am well on the way now readers to having) I couldn't be bothered boxing items up seasonally. My clothes would all stay where they were and I would simply wear as temperature and mindset dictated.

Maybe I am lazy...maybe I am missing the point, but you can easy wear a summer dress in winter with layers or a coat and scarf..if you want. You may need a woolly jumper on a cool summer night, who knows?

But boxing stuff up every three months, oh my golly, I would not, could not be bothered.

As always your thoughts are encouraged.

PS Longtime readers will be happy to know that I now have no clothing on my wardrobe floor, and there is actually shelf space as I cull daily. I have set myself a challenge that every time I go into my bedroom I have to find two items to donate. EBay is not good right now, I have only sold one thing in ten days...a friend also selling said she hasn't sold a thing....jeepers!

Redefining Necessities

When paying off my debt and learning to save, whilst stopping spending on pure frivolousness, it is a constant thought in my mind to rethink my necessities.

What might have been essential to me in the past is not even a blot on my radar now- well most of the time. I used to think takeaway coffee was a necessity. I used to believe eating out often was a necessity, I used to believe a full book shelf was a necessity.

But when it all boils down to it, there are very few things that are a necessity. You all know the list, food, shelter, warmth, love, health...

Whilst for me books are important, they are not a necessity. I mean I am not going to literally die if I don't own books- hey that's what the library is for.

I am still hanging onto a few things that I think are, well not quite necessities, but items that make my life better..but it's getting less every day. I am working constantly at the pared down me...the thing I have noticed is the more pared down I become the more hemmed in I feel by all that remains.

Are you still hanging on to what you feel is a necessity?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I Saved My Money Instead

I was going to join a gym. I thought about it long and hard and decided the amount per month was a fair amount.

But I have to be honest, the gym is thirty kilometers away in town and I don't like town. I also don't love exercise that much other than walking and I already own a walking machine and live in a pretty area. In fact come to think of it, I might sell my walking machine. It takes up too much room and doesn't encourage me to get outside.

So why did I seriously think about joining the doesn't make much sense does it?

So I haven't joined and sometimes I walk and sometimes I don't. But what I do know is that I  like walking and I am not keen on gyms.

So I didn't join and I kept my money..

Just Imagine

Imagine me after ten washes...would I still be as enticing?

Imagine what you could buy, to serve your needs for the same amount.

Imagine the money in your bank account or paying off that debt that sits on your shoulder.

Imagine the experience you could have with the same $ value.

Imagine how many lives you could touch and change with using the money for a donation.

Imagine the peace of mind you would have knowing you weren't refilling your house with stuff you didn't need.

Just it worth spending that money now?

Monday, August 18, 2014

I Didn't Spend But I Did Learn A Lot

I didn't spend but I did learn a lot.

It was an invitation I wasn't going to accept. After all what was the point? I wasn't going to spend, though I was sure I would want to.

So when a friend and neighbour C asked me to her Veducci clothing party I thought I would be honest and tell her I would not be a good invitee as I couldn't spend on clothing right spend year right?

She replied with saying she just wanted me to come, irrespective of whether I bought anything, it was about being sociable as much as anything.

So I went.
In my wood stacking clothes.
I enjoyed a glass of sparkling and the chocolate peanut butter balls.
I felt slightly uncomfortable to begin with since I felt guilty I wouldn't be buying.
C didn't mind.
Everyone else bought.

But I did learn a lot.

The clothes were really nice. I liked a lot of them. In a different place and a different time I would have bought a few. But I took a metaphorical step back and let my emotions simply be. I felt fine.

The other thing I noticed was that the whole collection was about 40 pieces in entirety. 40 pieces, not thousands, 40.

Each piece was interesting, complementary and extremely wearable in a low key, but also highly dressable and versatile way.

Choose carefully and you could be dressed well and you wouldn't need much.

It proved to me I need to keep getting rid of my clothing  and donating..

40 pieces..the whole collection would cover a wide variety of occasions..except perhaps wood stacking!