Ugh. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of buying stuff we don’t need…especially when it comes to clothes. I have a closet full of clothes that I rarely wear and I’m sure you do too. I ‘m sure you’ve done it – bought clothes that are so cute, but then never wear them. Seriously, we’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about these items and push them to the back of your closet. It’s time to get serious about our clothing purchases and break the shopping cycle! The point of this guide is to help you make better choices when it comes to expanding your wardrobe. The method you choose doesn’t matter, just so long as you have a method for evaluating every clothing purchase before you actually buy it. By doing that, you can avoid buying pieces that you’ll never wear, and keep your closet at the volume that works best for you!
So, here are some tips to help minimize the amount of clothing you buy that you don’t wear, by following these simple tips, you can help keep your wallet from being so skinny.
Stop shopping for clothes when you feel bored or need a pick-me-up.
There are so many reasons why we might spend money on stuff we don’t really need, whether it be clothing, or something else. It could be boredom or even a desire to make us feel better about ourselves. When you’re shopping for clothes, it’s easy to get carried away and buy things that aren’t very important to you. Here are some tips to help you stop buying clothes you never wear: Don’t shop when you’re bored. If you’re bored, it doesn’t mean that you have nothing to do with your time. Go for a walk, read a book or hang out with friends instead of shopping for clothes that you don’t need. Don’t shop when you are feeling low or depressed. A lot of people act like shopping is a way to make themselves feel better when they are feeling down. You won’t fix the problem by spending money on something that isn’t really going to change how you feel about yourself in the long run. If you’re not sure if you should buy it, ask yourself if it’s something that will truly add value to your life or if it’s just something nice to have. Make a list of everything that you already own before going shopping again so that you can remind
If you’re like many people, you have closets or drawers full of clothes that never get worn. It’s not unusual to have one or two pieces that haven’t been worn in years while the rest are still in good condition but not being appreciated. There are lots of misconceptions about why we buy items and why we keep them when we don’t wear them, but the fact is, it’s all psychological. To help you break the habit, here are some tips to help you make better clothing choices and get rid of those pieces you don’t need. First, take stock. When was the last time you looked at your closet? Pull everything out and lay it on your bed or floor. Do this every season; it will become a fun little project where you can see how much you’ve changed in the past year or so. Second, determine what doesn’t work for your lifestyle and lose it! As an example, if you’re constantly on the go and rarely sit down at home, why do you have formal wear? If you’re always running around with kids and pets, do you really need to spend a lot on a new outfit? If your job requires a uniform, be sure to find one that also works as street clothing. Pare down your wardrobe to only the essentials — items that fit well and make you feel good when you wear them — then stop shopping until you need something new. It’s amazing how much money you will save once your wardrobe is based on what fits instead of what is trendy.
Purchase items that you truly love
If you’re anything like me, you have a closet full of clothes that you never wear. You don’t love it, you don’t need it and yet there it is, taking up space. How many times have you purchased something simply because it was on sale, you liked the color or it was a bargain? I know I’ve done this hundreds of times over the years. It’s time to change this, not only for your wallet but for your sanity as well. Only buy clothing items that you truly love and will wear on a regular basis. If it doesn’t fit who you are and what you’re about, then walk away from it. There are certain things that I would never purchase on sale. For example, if I’m going to spend the money on a cashmere sweater or a pair of expensive jeans, they had better be in my closet two years from now because they have become an essential part of my wardrobe. I’ve bought many items in the past that were “on sale” and ended up in the back of my closet because I didn’t like them for one reason or another. If I was looking for something specific to wear at an upcoming occasion like a wedding or holiday party and didn’t find anything, I would inevitably go shopping AGAIN!!!
Set a goal to spend no more than one hour at the mall the next time you have “nothing” to do.
Things have to change! You need to learn how to prevent yourself from spending money on things that don’t work for you. It’s especially important if you’re short on cash and can’t afford to waste money on expensive clothing that you will rarely wear. Set a goal to spend no more than one hour shopping next time you are board. If you spend too much time shopping, it makes it much more likely that you will buy things that don’t work for you. Set an alarm clock or a timer so that you know when exactly an hour is up. This will keep your urge to shop in check and make sure that your purchases are thoughtful rather than impulsive. Only shop online when there is something specific that you need or want. A lot of people shop online because they think it’s fun, but this can cause them to spend too much money buying things they end up never wearing in real life. Stay focused during shopping trips by checking off items on your list as soon as you find them. When you’ve completed your shopping trip, don’t go back for anything else – even if it’s on sale or a great deal! Buying something that’s not on your list adds unneeded costs to your
Save splurge shopping for a special trip or event.
Save splurge shopping for a special trip or event. Before buying anything online, look around your house first to see if you have something similar that can get some mileage. If you don’t, consider waiting for a sale or buying a less expensive alternative. If there’s nothing that fits the bill in your closet, don’t buy it!
Hit the sales at your favorite stores. If you do need something new, wait until there’s a sale and stock up on basic wardrobe staples like plain black tees and white button-down shirts. Look in your closet before shopping online. Online shopping is great because it gives us access to brands we can’t find locally but try not to let it become an impulse habit. Before adding anything else to your cart, check what’s already hanging in your closet
Hopefully these tips have inspired you to stop buying clothes that you don’t wear. Seriously, the next time you find yourself wanting to make an impulsive clothing purchase, take a moment and ask yourself if you will actually be able to wear this item in your day-to-day life. When shopping for a new item, do yourself a favor and leave behind items that are too cute but not functional.
Trust me, it’s hard to get out of the cycle of buying clothes. But if you keep these in mind, you will be able to do so. You will start saving money and getting more use out of the clothes you already have! Best of luck with your purchases!