Mindful Living | shopping ban and alcohol detox

I’m giving up in February.  I’m giving up drinking and I’m giving up shopping. Just for a month. Maybe longer!

Kimba Likes looking at ways to live more mindfully. I'm giving up alcohol for February as well as undertaking a shopping ban. I know right! Sharing my tips on how to cope with both challenges

I don’t have a drinking problem but I do have a shopping problem. Well, perhaps more of a storage problem. And a time problem.

I could go several months wearing a different pair of shoes every day without doubling up once.  I have nearly as many handbags as I have shoes.  And jeans. Tops. Dresses. Accessories.  Getting the picture?

We are giving up alcohol for a month because we’ve had a rather indulgent festive period, including catching up with family in New Zealand and celebrating the Welshman’s birthday in January.  It’s the quickest way to lose a little weight and just generally feel a bit more energetic and healthier.

I do like a bit of challenge, so I’ve decided to up the ante by giving up both shopping and alcohol for a month.

I’m also going to spend the month doing an exhaustive wardrobe cull. At the end of last year, I completed one but, to be honest, I put far too much in storage and kept many things because they were designer labels, expensive purchases (that don’t fit or suit me) or because of sentimental value.

If you’d like to join me on either challenge, here are some tips.

Kimba Likes Mindful Living. I'm giving up alcohol for February as well as undertaking a shopping ban. Sharing my tips on how to cope with both challenges

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 Kimba Likes Mindful Living. I'm giving up alcohol for February as well as undertaking a shopping ban. Sharing my tips on how to cope with both challenges

How to cope with a self-imposed shopping ban

  • Remove temptation by unsubscribing from sale alert emails.  Alternatively, set up an autorule in your email inbox to file them in a separate folder.  This way, you don’t have to resubscribe later on and you’re not teased by daily emails!
  • Spend some time reorganising your wardrobe so you can shop your own clothes.
  • Use the time you would have spent shopping on creating new habits or hobbies.
  • If, like me, you shop on your phone, then don’t. Simple as that. Put your phone down more often. Chat to friends and family.  Read a book.
  • Set yourself a time period.  It’s unsustainable not to shop ever again, plus I don’t want to deprive you of all that fun!
  • During my defined shopping ban, I will be undertaking a wardrobe cull.  I’ll probably discover some treasures I forgot I had, some stuff which is too big, never going to fit again, or just plain wrong.  I’ll also discover some fabulous pieces that just aren’t me, no matter how hard I try or how long I keep them in storage.  It’s a great opportunity.
  • Reward yourself at the end of your non-shopping time by filling the gaps you will have discovered in your wardrobe.  Or just something ridiculously fluffy that you really really “need”!
Next week, I’ll be sharing some tips on how to undertake a wardrobe cull and how to set up your wardrobe like your very own personalised shop!
Anyone else feel like they need a detox?

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  • Melinda - 16 February 2016 - 2.17 pm

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I used to be so addicted to online shopping. I’d have packages coming to the house ALL. THE. TIME. And somewhere along the way, I just stopped. I still do buy things but not in excess. I’m so conscious about it all. I don’t want to buy things I don’t need or waste money on just things.

    Happy detoxing xReplyCancel

  • Beth | AlmostPosh.com - 3 February 2016 - 2.58 pm

    Undertaking an ongoing wardrobe management process at the moment (the old turn the coathangers around trick) as well as tracking my expenditure for the whole year.ReplyCancel

    • Kimba from Kimba Likes - 3 February 2016 - 8.50 pm

      I’m ashamed that I can’t do this – I have multiple things on each hanger and they’re packed ridic tightly!ReplyCancel

  • Hugzilla - 2 February 2016 - 2.15 pm

    Aaaah yes, I have way too many pretty things in my house… The worst thing for me is that I go op-shopping, so I can totally convince myself that it is guilt-free shopping (cheap, saves things from landfill etc). LOL. I need to slow down though – this is good inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • merilyn - 2 February 2016 - 2.14 pm

    good luck kim! … good ideas!
    serious culling going on here too!
    and I don’t drink alcohol!
    enjoy February! I… love m:)XReplyCancel

    • Kimba from Kimba Likes - 3 February 2016 - 8.54 pm

      That’s half the battle won! The culling just never seems to end. Just started on Boyo’s room. Send coffee!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @SAHM I am - 2 February 2016 - 6.40 am

    I am totally on board with the clothes shopping ban after my pay got cut by 60%! Hoping to do a clothes swap in the next few weeks to get my fix that way.ReplyCancel

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