Slow and Steady Wins the Race Against Overshopping and Closet Chaos

The following is a guest post from Esther, an active member of the “End Closet Chaos” private Facebook group.  Esther shares how taking on two challenges over the past year has helped her to gain control of her shopping, pare down her wardrobe, improve her personal style, and feel more at peace with herself.  Ever since I was a teenager, I have always felt “out of step” and like I never knew how to dress. I longed for a uniform so I didn't need to stress out about what to wear. In my … [Read more...]

From “Fast-Fashion” Addict to Minimalism and Sparking Joy

The following is a guest post from Chau Le of Milo Theory, who previously shared her story of recovery back in January 2015.  She has gained some new insights and tips since then that she is graciously sharing with us today.  Chau is a globetrotter (14+ countries) and an avid Krav Maga addict. She lived abroad in Taiwan and Spain during her college years, picking up languages and a love for exotic, foreign foods. She relocated to sunny California after graduating from Portland State … [Read more...]

How I Found Closet Serenity (a.k.a. My Project 333 Experiment)

The following is a guest post from Sybil, a longtime reader of this blog and an active member of the “End Closet Chaos” (ECC) closed Facebook group.   After retiring at 60, Sybil transitioned to a self-employed consulting role, no longer going into an office every day.  That change opened her up to addressing her problem of over-shopping.  With the support of the wonderful ECC community, she embarked on a Project 333 challenge - and she learned a lot!  If you would like to be profiled in an … [Read more...]

How to Revive Your Wardrobe and Home for the New Season

The following is a guest post from Aimee Lyons, a twenty-something free spirit who loves crafting, painting, building, and anything else that lets her exercise her creative muscles. A born do-it-yourself kind of girl, Aimee started DIYDarlin.com to inspire others to embrace their inner creators and tackle projects with confidence. When she isn’t crafting, you might find her vintage shopping or taking her Corgi Champ out exploring in her hometown of Austin, Texas. A few times throughout the … [Read more...]

How a “Rolling Capsule Wardrobe” Can Help with Both Closet Chaos and Personal Style

The following is a guest post from Dianne, who lives in Brisbane Australia and is an active member of the “End Closet Chaos” private Facebook group.  This is the story of Dianne’s battle with clothing chaos and how she’s conquering it through the use of an unconventional capsule wardrobe that she created herself. If you would like to be profiled in an upcoming installment of the “Stories of Recovery” series (you can be anonymous if desired), please connect with me to share your thoughts. … [Read more...]

Cutting Costs on Children’s Clothing

The following is a guest post from Carlynn Adeline.  As a mom of two girls, Carlynn is well aware of how expensive children’s clothing can be.  After the birth of her second daughter, she decided to make a change to improve family finances by making use of hand-me-downs and following her own advice as laid out in this article.  Carlynn hopes that she can help others keep family household spending down. Recovering from a shopping addiction is an impressive feat that is easier said than done. … [Read more...]

Debtors Anonymous is Not Just for Debtors

The following is a guest post from Susan B., who is sharing her journey as part of my “Stories of Recovery” series.  Susan is a financial sobriety evangelist. Her website, Getting Out from Going Under, provides guidance for people who are recovering from compulsive spending, shopping, and debting. Her recent book, "Getting Out from Going Under: Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders," is filled with practical tips, inspiration, and a thought for each day to encourage and motivate you … [Read more...]