Do You Shop When You Actually Need Something Or Out of Emotions?

Most of us do clothing shopping not out of necessity.  But rather out of emotions. 

Many of us use shopping as a therapy.   When we are in a bad mood, or we are sad or depressed.   We go shopping, buy something (most of the time it is just another item that we do not really need).  We use shopping as a “quick pill” to feel better.

And most of the time this pill does work and we do feel better.   For a breath moment. 

But this “pill” does not really work in the long run.   

Same as with impulse eating: we feel bad; eat cookies or a  bag of chips.  We feel better for a moment.  And then most of the time we feel worse. 

Impulse shopping that was done out of emotions and as a “quick pill” results in overcrowded wardrobe where items do not go together.  And we are often faced with a very familiar problem “I have nothing to wear” while looking at the closet full of clothes. 

We open a closet that is full of clothes and we feel overwhelmed with items.  Sometimes we feel guilty for buying so much unnecessary stuff (and spending all this money that we usually do not have).  

We feel guilty about getting rid of items that we bought a few years ago and never wore because we did not have an occasion to wear them to ( -> we bought clothing that does not really match our lifestyle).   Or we bought clothing items that do not really go together and in order to wear THAT top you need to buy a particular bottom first. 

Does any of this sound familiar?  It sure does for me.  

I still have clothing items in my closet that I bought a few years ago out of impulse; or out of seeking a quick fix when I felt down and upset.   Those items still have tags on them. (I will get rid of them in the future, right now I still feel guilty for spending so much money on things I did not need).

The good thing about all of this is that NOW I am aware that I used shopping as a therapy.   So, now, before I buy anything, I make myself to answer 3 questions:

  1. Do I REALLY need this item (am I shopping out of necessity or out of emotions?)
  2. Does this item fit my lifestyle?
  3. Am I able to create 5 different looks with this new item and clothing pieces I already have?

Once I answer “yes” to all questions above, then, and only then will I purchase something new. 

What about you?  Do you shop out of necessity or out of emotions?  Let’s be honest.

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