It's no secret I've been strapped for cash for most of my life.
I don't miss what I've not had or known ... a new car, a new and/or designer wardrobe, new house, a decent primary and secondary education, overseas holidays, regular shopping trips for the latest gadgets, solid parental support.
Never had them, so never missed them.
But I think good things have resulted in not having everything I needed or wanted.
It's given me an appreciation of anything handmade or the refashioning of old items into new.
I respect people who have had to drag themselves out of poverty-stricken backgrounds or escaped from lives of abuse and control.
I'm proud of the standard of living I've carved out for myself - with little or no reddies.
Fast-forward to this week and life has taken another turn.
My darling man, the Phoenix, has entrusted me as his full-time carer and accordingly, to my surprise, his doctor and the government seem to think I can fulfil the role.
I feel both honoured and nervous about my responsibilities, but I think it will work out OK.
So with the change in circumstances, I've decided the occasion calls for a full turnaround of my spending habits and I'm going to embark on Shopping my Closet!!
"Woohoo - so what you say, it's been done before".
Well, I just think I've got enough stuff that I've thrifted, handmade or bought online to last me through a 10-year siege so it's time to call on my skills learned through desperation and necessity.
I'm starting by going 30 days without shopping for clothes, knickers, socks, shoes - everything.
Even thrifting isn't allowed.
I just have to make do.
Case in point, my everyday flats have fallen apart.
But I have a wardrobe full of boots and heels - so what's my excuse? I have shoes - so I must wear them.
I have skirts, t-shirts, jeans - blah, blah, blah - I have no reason to shop.
Yeah sure most of my clothes cost under ten bucks but I really don't NEED to go shopping.
We're going to be pretty skint for a while so why not try and turn it to into something positive?
I know of other bloggers who have decided to undertake a similar challenge, but I'm not sure how many of them were doing it for purely economic reasons.
I hate wastage on cheap, nasty clothing as much as many others do, but I simply cannot afford more stuff and I don't think I really NEED anymore.
So I think some outfit posts with (hand-on-heart) me wearing only existing wardrobe items are needed from here-in.
I've been thinking about it for a while and I'm really looking forward to the challenge.
So here goes!
***I pledge not to shop for clothes, accessories and any kind of fabric or adornment that can be used to fashion new clothing items.
I will only wear what I already have or make new garments from stashed fabrics or existing items in my wardrobe.
I promise that I will post a daily outfit consisting of the above for my pledge duration of 30 days***