When people ask me how I ended up on a year long challenge ‘shopping my closet’ the story usually starts with my participation in ‘Buy Nothing New Month.

A couple of years back I embarked on this month long hiatus from all things consumable and found ways to get over the hurdles of ‘nothing’ new by borrowing, swapping, or buying secondhand.

The folk at Buy Nothing New Month suggest that for the duration of October you refrain from purchasing any unnecessary items (with the exception of food, hygiene products and medicines) in hope that it will give you a good chance to think about the way you shop and find more wallet and environmentally friendly alternatives. It is said that it takes 21 days to change a habit, so by Octobers end you will likely have kicked any bad shopping habits and saved yourself a fortune!

By pledging to ‘shop less and live more‘  you can formally commit yourself to finding alternatives to consuming new products and learn a lot about yourself along the way.

During my first ‘buy nothing new’ October I found ways to thrift fabulous birthday gifts for family members without them being offended that they got secondhand goods, discovered that I could live life without a bulk pack of aluminium water-bottles despite them being a really good price, and decided that I needed to take the challenge further. From this little seed grew my Wardrobe Workout challenge!

If you do decide to give it a go let us know about it here on the blog or via social media!

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