I've recently begun playing a game with myself wherein each day I inventory the clothes I'm wearing.
For instance, today I'm wearing
1) A shirt that once belonged to a friend of a friend
2) Jeans that once belonged to my sister
3) Shoes I found in a Freecycle bin in my dorm in London
The only things I've bought myself in this outfit are my socks, bra, and underwear.
This is not an infrequent occurrence. In fact, it's incredibly rare that I wear an entire outfit in which everything I wear I bought myself new.
This is my life. Two and a half years after I started a mad challenge to not buy anything new, my life has been transformed.
Today I went to Target to purchase some underwear. As I passed the racks of clothes, I thought, "Huh. That's a cute shirt."
And then I moved on.
I had come to purchase underwear. And that's all I wanted or needed to buy.
No impulse shirts. Or knick knacks. Or purses.
I didn't need that stuff. I didn't want it. I didn't want to waste time looking at it.
I just picked up my underwear, and got out of there.
4 months ago