The Joy of Shopping?

Not too long ago, I’d probably have listed shopping for clothes as one of my favorite activities.  But as I progress on this journey of simplifying, I enjoy it less and less.  It’s such a pain…tryinglet go of more and want less on piles of stuff, over-analyzing how I look in the mirror, buying something, then hating it when I get home…being influenced by sales and advertising in stores.  WHO NEEDS IT?! Not to mention: the intentional decision to ONLY keep clothing that sparks joy has made me just…want less (and realize that I still have more than enough!).

But of course, if there’s a super special occasion, or something gets too worn out, or doesn’t fit right anymore, or I realize I have ZERO dress pants because nothing I had sparked joy, I still need things from time to time. What’s a girl to do?!

Enter a little service called Stitch Fix.  I’m sure many have heard of this, but it’s basically a personal shopping service.  You fill out a style profile, pay a $20 styling fee, and a stylist from Stitch Fix sends you 5 items in a pretty box.  You try it on, and send back what you don’t like.  (The $20 styling fee applies toward whatever you decide to buy).

stitch fix box
Always exciting to see this on your doorstep!

 

It’s FANTASTIC for many reasons.  First, no more shopping!  They always send unique pieces to be tried on in the comfort of your own home.  I believe it also eliminates a good bit of temptation to buy something you don’t need.  You have to request a “fix” to be sent, and you can leave detailed notes as to what specific piece(s) you are looking for.  There is no sale rack, or marketing.  It’s just…keep what is needed that sparks joy, and send the rest back.  Perfection.

stitch fix clothes
Pretty stack of Stitch Fix clothes

 

I tried Stitch Fix before I really began this journey to simplicity, and for me, it fits nicely into what I’m trying to accomplish. When you have less stuff, you have more time to focus on the things that matter.  When you don’t have to GO OUT SHOPPING for stuff, you save even more time. (This is of course assuming that I practice enough self control to only request a Fix when I truly need something!  Not always easy because it. is. FUN.)

But once again, I’m excited.  I’ve already begun to overflow with ideas about what my life’s work could be…drifting towards purpose and passion. Any time I can free up to pursue those endeavors is a treasure. Wouldn’t you agree?  (If you want to try out Stitch Fix, click HERE!)

Until next time,

S