To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I want you to break up– with the concept of retail therapy!
You don’t need to buy a new outfit to make yourself feel better!
Despite what those cute quotes on Pinterest say about “retail therapy” (insert eye-roll), there’s nothing positive about turning over-consumption into a pastime.
I know 50-year-old Karen in the midwest gets a chuckle from these little sayings (as do most of our parents – love you mom) but we’re living in a new world. A world that we’re destroying every day with our insatiable desire to have more.
We’ve got to make some changes, even you Karen.
And just so we’re clear, I’m coming to you as a reformed sinner – not a saint. I did my share of damage before seeing the sustainable fashion light!
Since a fast fashion exorcism is not possible via the internet, here are a few tips to help you break-up with retail therapy and stop treating shopping like a hobby!
Tip #1: Stop Going Shopping Centers and Your Favorite Clothing Websites
The easiest way to deal with temptation is to remove it from your life. (An image of the potato chips in the back of my pantry just popped into my head. Temptation is everywhere ladies!)
Don’t meet a friend for lunch at the mall, go to a restaurant. And if you find yourself bored at work, avoid visiting the websites you use to frequent!
Changing behavior is hard enough without you throwing yourself into the arms of temptation.
Tip #2: Find an Actual Hobby
If you really do have some free time in your life and are looking for a fun way to spend it, consider trying a new hobby or signing up for a class. Local community colleges always have great “hobby classes” and programs at an affordable price!
I spent some of my free time learning watercolor last year and LOVED it! I used online videos to learn different techniques and even painted a few images for my family!
Tip #3: Organize Your Closet
When you feel like you NEED to buy something, try organizing/cleaning your closet first!
Chances are you’ll come across a dress you forgot you had or the perfect pair of shoes for your upcoming shindig.
Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you’ll get a sense of how much stuff you actually have. This perspective will hopefully keep you in check and prevent you buying more than you need.
Tip #4: Create a New Money Goal
When you give up your shopping habit, you might feel like you lost something– like you have nothing to look forward to since there aren’t any new packages arriving at your doorstep every week. (Sad, right?)
You can create something new to be excited about by setting a new money goal.
If you used to spend $100 a month on clothes, why not make a new plan for how to spend that extra income? Try a new restaurant, take a trip to visit your family, or save up for something really big like a once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Give your extra money a new purpose that excites you! (You can also donate it to charities and causes you believe in but I know that might be a little harder for you in the beginning. I get it – like I said, I’m no saint)
Tip #5: Make Nice with Shopping
You don’t have to give up shopping altogether, but all of us do have to challenge ourselves to consume at a more sustainable rate and support brands that actually give a damn about human rights and the environment.
Thrift stores, yard sales, and local clothing swaps are also ways you can add something new to your wardrobe without harming the planet!
Until Next Time…
I hope these tips were helpful! As always, I encourage you to strive for progress over perfection. We’ll all have hiccups along the way but that doesn’t negate everything else we’re doing to change the world! Stay strong out there and know that I always have your back.
Your Eco Bestie,