Archives for January 2014

The 2014 “Full Life Project”

In my last post, I outlined my goals for the year related to shopping and my wardrobe.  Although those goals are ambitious, they weren’t difficult for me to write.  I am aware of the changes I want to make in those areas and I have a concrete plan for how to make them happen. Today’s post focuses on my goals for the rest of my life and it wasn’t nearly as easy for me to write.  While I am aware of my discontent with various aspects of my life and I have some sense for what I’d like to see … [Read more...]

Shopping and Wardrobe Goals for 2014

Now that I’ve finished my many 2013 wrap-up posts, it’s time to work on creating some powerful goals for 2014.  Today’s post will focus on shopping and wardrobe goals, while another post later this week will center on more general life goals. Since the tagline for this blog is “Trade your full closet for a full life,” I want to make sure to devote adequate time and attention to the second part of that equation this year.   I hope that many of you will join me in setting goals related to … [Read more...]

Confession Time: What I Bought in 2013

At long last, we’ve come to my final wrap-up post for 2013.   However, this is a not a case of “I saved the best for last.” Rather, I saved the most difficult post for me to write until the bitter end.  In fact, this is the post I’ve been dreading writing.  But there’s no avoiding it… It’s time for me to face the music and share what I bought in 2013. This post includes how many items I bought last year and how many I still have, as well as the number of shopping successes and failures I … [Read more...]

By the Numbers: January 2014 Closet Inventory

I started this blog in January 2013 with several clear goals.  I wanted to stop shopping too much and to stop using shopping as my default activity for dealing with difficult situations and emotions.  I also wanted to pare down what had become an overly large and extremely overwhelming wardrobe.  A year ago, looking into my closet provoked a sense of deep anxiety within me.  I set a goal of cultivating a more manageable and minimalist wardrobe filled only with items I love and wear. One of my … [Read more...]

2013 By the Numbers – Wardrobe All-Star & Benchwarmer Update

After countless hours spent crunching spreadsheet data, I’m finally ready to reveal my 2013 wardrobe numbers!  As I worked to prepare this information, I was reminded of a quote I heard a while back. While I don’t remember the exact wording, the gist of it is that our possessions can enslave us because we spend so much time acquiring and maintaining them.  That has definitely been true for me and particularly in regards to my clothes. While I’m a statistics junkie and enjoy crunching the … [Read more...]

How to Tell if a Garment is Well-Made

The following is a guest post from Dottie, a daily reader of this blog, who is sharing her insights on how to spot quality in fabric and construction of women’s clothing. Dottie learned to sew as a teenager and has used her knowledge of clothing construction to look for well-made clothing, preferably on sale. She lives in a 4-season climate, so some of her tips may resonate less with people in warm climates. Dottie welcomes feedback from “Recovering Shopaholic” readers, especially those of you … [Read more...]

December Accountability Update

It’s time for my final monthly accountability update for 2013.  As long-term readers know, I’ve committed to posting regular accountability updates as a way of keeping myself honest and on track with my wardrobe and shopping goals.  Included within these posts are what came into and left my closet during a given month, what I wore, and how I did with my shopping budget and rules. Soon I will be posting a more comprehensive report for 2013 as a whole, but today’s post covers just the month … [Read more...]