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 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...]

Shopaholic Recovery: Past, Present, and Future

I was recently interviewed for a television segment that will air next week (see the end of this post for more information) and I was asked about how far along I am in my recovery from compulsive shopping.  After pondering for a moment, I said that I am approximately 75% recovered at this point and will always have to be vigilant of my shopping behavior and the underlying feelings. In today’s post, I reflect upon the growth I’ve achieved thus far, where I am today in my recovery, and how I see … [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...]

A Pragmatic, Multi-Phased Approach to a Workable Wardrobe

The following is a guest post from Barb, who agreed to share her “story of recovery” with all of you.  Barb is an active member of the “End Closet Chaos” closed Facebook group.   She shared a big part of her story about downsizing her wardrobe and upping her style quotient via a multi-phase system over the past two-plus years.  I thought Barb’s pragmatic approach would be both educational and inspiring for readers of “Recovering Shopaholic,” so I asked if she would be willing to share her story … [Read more...]