I am not big on shopping—especially clothes shopping.
If I had to spend a day shopping, send me to a Best Buy or, better yet, a fancy grocery store. If I need a clothing or apparel item, I will either order it online or to go to the store alone, find it, buy it and leave! Yes, I like electronics, food and getting in and out as quickly as possible… basically I shop like a guy!
Yet I can appreciate the oddly comforting and satisfying attraction woman have towards shopping and spending, and the attachment to said products. Well, maybe not the shopping and spending, but definitely the nostalgia.
But take it from me, it’s also possible to get over!
I used to be very nostalgic. I couldn’t throw out anything—“meaningful” articles of clothing, CDs, letters, card and collectibles used to clutter my room.
Then I went away to college, and among the bags of clothing, shoes and geek stuff, there was stuffed animals, pictures and memorabilia I felt the need to have close to me.
Then I went back to college, year after year. And each time, I packed a little less.
Then I moved abroad and I realized that everything I was bringing had to fit into a massive suitcase, a backpack and a box. Note: I was going away for over a year! I had to keep it to the bare minimum whether I was emotionally prepared to or not.
And there began my transition.
Slowly, over time, I began to not “need” all the crap that clogged my living space—and I feel lighter for it now.
I found this blog entry offered a great representation of this concept. The blog, “Tomato, To-mah-to”: The Adventures of An American Girl in England, is, well, just that, the adventures of an American girl—from New York to be exact—who moved and settled down in England. I love it because not only can I relate to the comparisons she regularly discusses, but she lives in a small picturesque village in the countryside—basically, she’s living a lifestyle I one day hope to achieve.
Either way, read her entry: Relics of the Past—and start purging your closet. You will thank yourself later.
(Although don’t throw out your skinny jeans, you never know when you might need them!)