The Importance of Shopping from a List

 Photo: Taken by me at Ledbury

Photo: Taken by me at Ledbury

It’s the 4th of July weekend here in the US and that means we’re all taking out time to relax, get outdoors and enjoy time with one another, right? Mostly right. Holidays have often come to signal one thing for shoppers: SALES.

I have nothing against shopping sales. I love a good bargain just as much as the next person. How-ev-ah. I believe you should have a list of pieces you know your wardrobe needs (i.e. jean jacket,  maxi dress, new beach tote) and keep that list in the Notes section on your phone to reference while you are shopping.

This simple trick helps you avoid impulse shopping and cleaning up at the Target clearance rack (because don’t those pieces always just fall apart on you anyway or never last through one season?).

I have ALL the thoughts on how to shop sustainably (and no, this doesn’t mean you have to do it second hand or by spending a gazillion dollars) - but it does involve you ignoring the siren call of the impulse sales purchases!

So how can you put this into action this weekend? Here you go in four simple steps:

  1. This weekend, instead of shopping, clean out your closet.
  2. Think about your style and what it is/ want you want it to be
  3. Create a list of 3-5 items that your wardrobe is missing post clean out
  4. if you do shop sales, do a search only for those pieces.

Your closet, wallet, and sanity will thank me.