It’s not quite the end of the month, but I decided to share my February installment of useful links a bit early this time. My mom has been visiting and I only see her a few times per year, so I’ve wanted to minimize my time on blogging and other activities so I can spend more time with her. I’m constantly compiling interesting and useful articles to share with you (as I’ve said, I read a lot). In fact, I could probably share useful links far more often and still not run out of excellent content for you to enjoy. But monthly is just often enough to offer information without information overload!
Included below are links to articles I think you’ll enjoy on the topics of shopping and shopping psychology, wardrobe management, style, and personal development. I’m also sharing a few early “Recovering Shopaholic” posts that you may have missed the first time around (or may choose to revisit now).
I certainly do not expect you to click on all of the links in these posts. Just explore the ones that most intrigue you. You can always go back to this post later via my Archives page if desired. While you’re on the site, you might also want to check out my Recovery Tips and Resources pages, as well as learn about my two books. Also, if you’re new to “Recovering Shopaholic,” I invite you to visit my Start Here page, which contains useful information about the blog, as well as links to some of my most compelling and helpful posts. Okay, here are the links:
On Shopping and Shopping Psychology
- “Buy What You Love?” – While there are a lot of bloggers I love out there, I think the one with whom I resonate the most is Grechen from Grechen’s Closet. I especially love her “minimal closet” series, which includes this post. We’re often told to buy what we love, but there are other important criteria to keep in mind. Grechen shares the multi-step process she uses to make decisions about what to buy.
- “The 100-Dollar Dilemma: What It Is and How it is Ruining Your Financial Health” – We often hesitate to spend money on “big ticket items,” yet we think nothing of dropping ten or fifteen dollars here and there. Yet all those little purchases really add up and can make a big dent in our finances. This post from The Financial Diet elaborates on this phenomenon and offers some helpful advice (which includes my word for 2015).
- “How to Stop Buying Junk Clothes” – One of my worst shopping habits for many years was prioritizing quantity over quality. Hence, I ended up with a lot of substandard clothes in my closet. If you’d like to break your “crap clothes” habit, check out this post from My Year Without Clothes Shopping. Included are ten strategies for creating a healthy, nourishing wardrobe. I’m especially working on strategy number ten now…
On Wardrobe Management
- “Top 5 Reasons We Keep Stuff in Our Closet that We Don’t Like, Want, or Need” – I saw this excellent article from Thrift Me Pretty in one of the “lovely links” round-ups from Already Pretty. I could see myself in all five of the reasons why people hang on to clothes that no longer serve them, but what I loved the most was this statement: “Holding on to who you were will only distract you from fully embracing who you are today.” Amen to that!
- “Are You Holding On to Your Past Through Your Wardrobe?” – Continuing the theme of why we hold on to clothes we don’t wear is this very thought-provoking post from Bespoke Image. It often has more to do with what those clothes represent than the clothes themselves. Reading this post just may help you to let go of some items you’ve been holding on to for years.
- “4 Ways to Get Creative with a Tiny Wardrobe” – Many of us are intrigued by the idea of capsule wardrobes but aren’t sure if they would work in our lives. This guest post on Project 333 offers some useful tips on how to make a minimalist wardrobe work in our lives. Be sure to check out the video at the top of the post to see how the author built her winter capsule wardrobe!
- “Easy Ways to Fabulously Style an Outfit” – If you struggle to put outfits together each day, you’ll love this article from Bridgette Raes. Bridgette walks us through her thought process of styling five different ensembles, including how she implements her base, accent, pop formula. If you’re a fan of Bridgette’s, you might also want to check out the new Style Forum on her website, where you can chat about all topics related to personal style.
- “A Clothing Diary” – Since my outfit journal has been such a wonderful tool for me over the past six months, I was delighted to see that Janice from The Vivienne Files is doing something similar. Janice’s clothing diary is different from mine, but I can see how it’s helping her figure out what she most likes to wear. I love how she highlights her constraints as well as alternate outfit options for her given activities.
- “Two Easy Steps to Finding Your Style Statement” – I’ve been working a lot on refining my style over the past year, so I always like to see articles like this one from Not Dead Yet Style. I’m sure I’ll be sharing my experience with this two-step process very soon on the blog. Just taking a half hour or so to jot down some targeted notes can help to increase our awareness, which in turn can positively impact our personal style.
On Other Topics
- “Three Vital Steps to Conquer Information Overload” – Now that my shopping is under much better control, I’m more acutely aware of some of the other problems in my life, including information overload. Since I’m actively working to reduce the impact of this issue on my life, I love to see posts like this one from Be More with Less. The steps outlined are simple but not easy, but I can definitely see how they could make a big difference in my life (and yours, too).
- “The Fear of Missing Out and How it Crushes Your Productivity” – I’ve written about “FOMO” (fear of missing out) at least a few times on the blog (including here). This excellent essay from No Sidebar sheds some light on the reasons why FOMO is so insidious and how it adversely impacts our productivity and our self-confidence. I enjoyed this article, but I found it interesting that it linked to so many other articles, as I actually experienced some FOMO myself while reading it (I thought I should click on all of the links!). I resisted the temptation and just enjoyed a great post for what it was, which was good practice for me…
- “Jerry Seinfeld Stand-Up Routine about Stuff” (video) – My husband and I are big fans for both Jerry Seinfeld and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. So we were very excited to watch our favorite comedian do stand-up on one of our favorite shows. And Jerry did not disappoint! We loved his take on “stuff” and its role in our lives. This is a video to bookmark and watch periodically for a good reality check, especially for aspiring minimalists.
From the Archives
- “Resisting the Allure of a Sale” – At this time of year (or pretty much any time of year these days), there seems to be a “big sale” everywhere we look. In this post from May 2013, I share my plans to resist a favorite sale during my month-long shopping hiatus. I was able to succeed by taking on a different perspective and reminding myself of seven key facts.
- “The Pros and Cons of Resale Shopping” – Resale shopping is a popular way to acquire new (to you) clothes at a much lower price point than retail. While there are lots of benefits to this type of shopping, there are also a number of pitfalls about which we need to be aware. This post from June 2013 outlines both the pros and the cons to help you make up your own mind about buying second-hand items.
- “Tips for Successful Resale Shopping” – Shortly after publishing the post above, I wrote a follow-up article with lots of helpful advice on navigating the resale shopping landscape. If you like to shop at thrift and consignment stores, this post may help you to improve your track record. I’m not doing much resale shopping these days, but if I venture back into that realm, I’ll be sure to take my own good advice. Sometimes we know what to do but don’t always do it!
I hope you enjoyed this installment of useful links. Feel free to comment on any of the topics from this post and/or share links to articles that you’ve enjoyed recently.
I’ll be back later this week with some more entries from my outfit journal (see the first installment of that series here). If you have a suggestion for a future post, please share it in the comments section or contact me via email or social media.