When was the last time you go and buy a new t-shirt or shoe? When was the last occasion you go and buy clothes? For me it’s been long ago, I decided in the middle of last year at first to stop reduce buying clothes, but now I simply decided to stop buying new clothes unless something needs to be changed because it’s become too old (unless it’s a necessity). It’s not actually that I’m frugal or poor or can’t afford it. I can. It’s just that I don’t really feel the need to buy new clothes. I don’t wear rags, don’t misunderstand me. If a shoe becomes too old, I will throw it and buy a new one if needed. Somewhere along the way through my life, I start to think what is more important and simply decided to stop buying new clothes.
The truth about why I decided not to buy any new clothes, is that one day I simply woke-up open my closet and realise that there is actually a lot of clothes that I didn’t even wear once and still buy a new one last week. I was shocked by all the wasted, I had more clothes than my 2 brothers combined and some of them the news. I don’t even remember buying some of them. When I look at my closet, I was pretty disgusted. I had like 10 dress that I never wear. I couldn’t even open my wardrobe everything will fall on the ground, I was unable to find my favourite t-shirt because of the clutter of clothes accumulated. And I realise two things. First I need to reduce the quantity of clutter I have and that I don’t want any more clutter so that I will not be buying clothes for a very long time. I then realised that I was actually addicted to shopping, and I have never considered myself someone who need to shop. But after drinking my coffee, I understand that each month I was going to a shopping mall with my salary to buy clothes jeans, t-shirts and already have a lot of clothes. So I realised that I was actually addicted to shopping.
So I when to my closet put 3 piles of clothes the one I wear, the one I think I will wear and the one to donate to charity. I spend one complete day going through all my clothing. I pulled out 4 jeans, 6 t-shirts, 5 pullovers, 3 jackets, and make sure everything can be clean together and all top go with every bottom. I made like 20 outfits for all the years and boxed those outfit up that are out of seasons, for when I will need them.
After, I put all my clothes in a closet back. I confirmed my decision to stop buying clothes. I don’t mind having less clutter in my house. Why I’m telling you this? Because maybe you also need to stop buying clothes too. Maybe all this clutters, doesn’t make you happy after all. Perhaps you are spending all your salary buying thing you honestly don’t need. Maybe we need to stop thinking clothes are like sugar you use it and throw it. Clothes are not like foods, and by buying clothes, you help the industry to paid employee bad to make more money like H&M, Zara, etc.. that paid their employee less than a dollar a day in a dangerous condition to make the clothes you wear.
I’ve this year make a promise to myself to reduce some stuff that I own. I just one day have a revelation about my life when I first wake up and realise how much I had become materialistic, and I simply decided it was time to change.
In the end, I understand that we need something else than buying clothes to fill the void. Advertising just wants you to think that if you buy this piece of clothes, this will make you happier but actually that not true. Happiness cannot be attained by some material items. You will only get dissatisfied over again.
By not buying clothing when I don’t need it, I’ve saved $1700 and have kept my stress level low and house clean. Because living paycheck to paycheck is so stressful. Just reducing my stress level and money alone was worth it for me. Stopping buying clothes just change my life.