How My Books Came to Be
In January 2013, I created “Recovering Shopaholic ” in an effort to downsize my jam-packed closet and overcome a decades-long compulsive shopping problem. I hoped to keep myself accountable and potentially inspire and connect with other women who wished to trade their full closets for fuller lives.
From the beginning, I made an effort to include useful tips and suggestions for my readers in all of my posts. As I progressed with my recovery, I shared my insights and processes so that others could apply them to their own lives and learn to shop more wisely and better manage their wardrobes.
For a time, I captured many of my strategies on my “Recovery Tips” page as a quick and easy reference resource. However, as the months progressed and I had written well over a hundred posts, it became increasingly unwieldy to maintain that page. Thus, I was inspired to create two books which encapsulate all of the best solutions from my blog.
About the Books and Who They’re For
The tips and strategies in my books have all been revised and enhanced from the original versions that appeared on the blog. Each book may be read cover to cover or used as a reference to address an individual reader’s specific issues and questions.
You do not need to be a shopaholic to benefit from my books. The information provided is intended to be helpful for anyone who struggles with shopping challenges or closet chaos of any kind!
UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic
My first book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” was published in May 2014. This book contains the best of my smart shopping solutions from “Recovering Shopaholic,” categorized into logical sections related to various shopping-related situations and challenges.
“UnShopping” begins with twelve “quick tips” you can use to start shopping smarter right away. From there, I delve into topics related to accountability, general shopping strategies, and tips for before you shop as well as for while you’re in the store. I also include a number of “special topics,” such as resale shopping, shopping with friends, shopping during times of transition, and dealing with holiday shopping challenges.
End Closet Chaos: Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic
My second book, “End Closet Chaos: Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” was published in December 2014. It contains the best of my wardrobe management tips and strategies from the blog, categorized into logical sections related to various closet conundrums.
“End Closet Chaos” begins by addressing wardrobe size, which is a subject that is on a lot of people’s minds. My “What is a Normal-Sized Wardrobe?” post is my most accessed article for a reason! After exploring frequency of wear and closet “set point,” I delve into some general wardrobe management tips, closet organization, wardrobe tracking, and how to pare down your wardrobe. I also include suggestions for taking care of your clothes, tailoring, packing for travel, and defining and enhancing your personal style.
The book closes with a bonus section of tips for smarter shopping. These solutions are a curated selection from my first book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” and are included because smarter shopping will assist you in keeping your closet chaos at bay.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I buy the books?
A. The books are available via the Amazon Kindle Store.
Q. What if I don’t have a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader?
A. My book can also be read using the Free Kindle Reader App for your Web Browser, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android device.
Q. Are the books available in print format?
A. No, they are digital books.
Q. How long are the books?
A. The number of pages in e-readers varies based upon font size and other settings. In MS Word, “UnShopping” is 98 pages long with a total of 33,690 words and “End Closet Chaos” is 163 pages long with a total of 50,674 words (this book also contains a lot of images).
The best part about both books is that you can start anywhere by selecting the particular section or solution that’s most relevant to your individual needs.
Q. Can you really call yourself an “Ex-Shopaholic”?
A. If you read this blog regularly, you may have raised an eyebrow at my referring to myself as an “ex-shopaholic” in the subtitles of my books. I actually struggled a bit with that one myself, but I ultimately decided to go with it, for two reasons.
First, the book titles are much stronger with “ex-shopaholic” than “recovering shopaholic” (especially since “recovery solutions” is in the subtitle of “UnShopping”). And second, I believe in the power of intention. While I may not be completely recovered from my compulsive shopping problem yet, I’m well on my way and I believe that I will be there before too long. So I decided to declare myself as an ex-shopaholic now, stand in that place of power and intention, and continue working on my recovery each and every day.