Now that I've finally gotten my wardrobe to a manageable amount of pieces that mix and match well together, I've just got to maintain the willpower to not buy anything else.
For the immediate future, that should be easy. After watching The Story of Stuff, I'm filled with a newfound anger and skepticism at almost every retail establishment in existence. I feel so defiant against the system of endless consumerism that I want to avoid buying anything for any reason, just to spite the jerks who created this system in the first place. I do not need to participate in the endless cycle of buying! I won't! I'm officially opting out!
In reality though, at some point I will need to purchase something. A pair of running shoes might wear out completely, a t-shirt might tear beyond the point of repair, a blouse might yellow so much that no amount of baking soda or peroxide will salvage it. Or I might fall in love with a piece that I don't already own (I've been wanting a good pair of dungarees for a long time). In all of these cases, I can buy second hand, which keeps me out of the cycle of endless consumerism. But in the case of the thing I want that I don't already own, do I just add it to my wardrobe and increase my number of pieces by one? Where do I draw the line of "enough" clothes?
My friend Gracie suggested a concept that I really like, which she practices, called "one in, one out". As you may have guessed, this just means that whenever I buy a new second hand item that's not a need, but a love-and-really-want, I must sell or donate one item from my wardrobe, to keep the number steady, and not get sucked into the cycle of endlessly buying things. Knowing that you must get rid of one item if you buy another makes it easier to assess whether it's something that you really want, or will really add value to your life, or in the words of Marie Kondo, will truly "spark joy".
Trust me, if I find that perfect pair of dungarees, I will chuck out another pair of trousers in a heartbeat. But this concept will probably keep me from buying another pair of skinny jeans or another t-shirt, which I definitely don't really need.
What do you think? Would you try "one in, one out"?