Once upon a time, I found out my (now ex) boyfriend was cheating on me (in August 2011) so I packed my stuff one day and left his pathetic-ness and moved home. I had since been "healed" of my cough cough* minor shoe buying problem but I still felt broken and I was sad for a long time. Thankfully I eventually snapped out of it and completely turned my life around. I got in major shape, lost about 30 lbs, and literally threw away HALF of my wardrobe, and started fresh. So I did what any half crazy and newly single young woman would do, I went shopping. A lot. Long story short......this happened....
ANYWAYS.....(jeez, I even ramble in writing form....there is no such thing as a nutshell version for me) This leads me to the TAKE THE TAG CHALLENGE! I, obviously, had a lot of clothes in my wardrobe with tags on them, seeing as I was buying clothes faster than I could wear them. So I came up with a fun and innovative way to reduce the amount you shop and have fun doing it. You can even get your boyfriend/friends/family in on the "fun". Essentially, you are going to follow my rule to reducing your shopping urges:
"Never buy yourself something new, until everything in your closet has been worn once and nothing has a tag on it anymore." -Viktoria
I say this because women love shopping, obviously, but let's face it, we all have items hanging in our closet that still have the tags on them. Shoot, even in light of my recent Target Haul, I have shirts with tags in my closet, that's how I got the pics for this post! GASP! (looks like I should take my own advice huh?) Anyways, this is what you'll need:
-A cute little container with a lid- get creative! Have fun with not shopping and saving money! It can be a Mason Jar, a Chinese Food Container, even Tupperware.
-All of the tags from those clothes..... go ahead rip 'em off. (I know you're confused now so read on)
-A silver sharpie, or white colored pencil.
1.) Jot down a little description on the tags of what they are [i.e: Forever 21 Peplum Blouse, JCPenney Tie Die Maxi Dress, Aztec Print Bandage Skirt etc]
2.) Throw all the tags, and spending money in your container.
3.) Shake it up.
4.) Every time you need to wear something out, you must wear something from that jar. And 'out' is the key word there, lounging around the house is not worthy of removing a tag from the jar. And until everything has been worn, no shopping! Once you have reached the final tag, you can retrieve your little cash insensitive, and wear that final item to the mall to go shopping.
.......................................................I know this sounds super lame, and like a tactic that parents with teenage daughters would use but it's fun, plus, it's in the comfort of your own home so you can be as lame as you want to be, nobody can see you :) And if you really want to start saving, you can get your loved ones in on it, so they now that you can't buy anything new until your jar is empty. If you're home is anything like mine you live with someone who can find Waldo in a fricking library and notices any little new thing, so those new tops you try to sneak by are no exception and will be noticed.
If you want to make sure you're not shopping even longer, you can write a number on the tag. Let's say you write 4, that means you can't buy anything new until you wore that item 4 times, 4 different ways. Just keep little hash marks on the tag itself and don't remove it from the container until you have worn it that many times. The best part is, in the process of doing this you will be forced to make different outfits from that one piece, and it will help you realize how versatile your wardrobe really is. That in and of itself with reduce to urge to shop, because it will become something that isn't even necessary anymore. Why shop when you can create an endless amount of possibilities out of the items you already own?
From here on out, I will be taking the Tag Challenge with you all! Here is what my jar looks like......a bit ridiculous I know, it's stuffed. I honestly didn't even realize how much damage I had done until I wrote this post. I thought I had maybe 10 shirts with tags still on, turns out I have a couple dozen.....Also, as an added bonus. If I do an OOTD with a "tag challenge" item in it, I will be posting a picture of the corresponding tag, with a "TTTG" stamped across the photo.
So please join me, in taking the challenge, to wear what we already own, and de-tag our whole wardrobe, pushing ourselves to the limit, and seeing what we create with items we've had under our noses this whole time. We'll save money together, and look super cute along the way. xoxo -Viktoria
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT by posting a picture of your creation on our Facebook Wall (here)!!! I'd love to see what you come up with, and the type of container you use to hold all of YOUR tags!
AND Happy Birthday to one of my readers, you'll know who you are :)
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