The Six Month Challenge Update: 1 Week

8th June 2012

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I did it!  Okay, I did one week’s worth of it, but that is something to be proud of.  I successfully skipped JewelMint for the month of June, I did not browse online this week (other than blog research) and I didn’t even open the Anthro catalog that got mailed to my house on Monday.  Coincidentally, not shopping online has made me much more productive at work.  Let’s just hope I don’t work myself out of a job!

Oh, and did I mention that my boyfriend asked me to help him pick out pants at the J. Crew Factory on like the second day!?  Rude, I know.  But I did it!  I went in there and didn’t even glance at the women’s side.  Okay, maybe I glanced once or twice but I didn’t succumb to the pressure.

I did hit a bit of a road block in the middle of the week.  I think it JUST hit me that I am going to have to make it work with what I’ve got for the next SIX MONTHS.  I mean, that’s three different seasons that my wardrobe will be seeing, all without adding one thing to it.  It’s definitely not going to be easy.  I wonder…is this what recovering alcoholics feel like?

I should add that I am currently living in a temporary living space.  I have been in this space for almost a year now so I guess I should stop calling it temporary, but my closet space is not ideal.  Clothes are shoved in there so tightly, with boxes of shoes piled up everywhere, plastic bins filled with sweaters taking up space and making things difficult to get to…you get the picture.  My point is, when I look in my closet, it’s overwhelming.  I can’t see everything I have and I end up wearing the same things over and over again.  I think I am going to do a reorganization this weekend to help start next week off fresh.

The hardest part has been reading other blogs.  Everyone always looks so cute and has something fabulous that I want to buy…and can’t.  It’s hard but I just can’t (won’t) stop.  It’s a part of my morning routine that I refuse to give up.

The best part: the things I purchased online in a frenzy the last few days in May have been arriving this week so it feels like I am getting new things.  I hope this doesn’t mean next week will be harder.

One week down and twenty-five to go!

6 thoughts on “The Six Month Challenge Update: 1 Week

  1. Sarah

    Came across your blog via the “it list” and am loving your style!! Looking forward to hearing how the rest of this challenge goes :) Not sure I would have the self-control to do it so maybe I’ll live vicariously through you!!


  2. Alex

    yeah yeah yeah you can do it!!!! God speed…you are a stronger woman than I…I’m currently only on a “no buy” through the middle of August. We can discuss over dinner :)

  3. Lindsay V.

    Came across your blog from GoChicorGoHome. Good luck! I don’t even know if I could make it a month! Maybe I should try? I’ll have to unsubscribe from all e-mails.

  4. Alice from Happiness at Mid Life

    I think I am in the boat as you but I am so addicted to shopping! All these sales are killing me! Good luck with your 6 months challenege…I think but writing out and putting it out on the blog makes it a real commitment.

    I’ve tried to do a 1 month shopping ban and I just end up buying more the next month. I really need to have better control.

    BTW – just stumbled across our blog & love it. Good luck to you and to see how you work with all the goodies you already have in your closet.


    1. Amy Post author

      Thanks, Alice! I am a little worried about what will happen at the end of the challenge. Hopefully I don’t go overboard to make up for all of that lost time!


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