Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#workmycloset


I only have one goal for the month of April: make our budget.

For the past six months our budget has been “loose guidance” at most. You see, we don’t exactly have a rent payment right now. We live in someone’s guesthouse and take care of their home while they are away in exchange for free rent.

But in February they sold their house, and we have to be out by mid-July. That means in the next couple of months our finances will change drastically. And, we can do it if we tighten our belts a little bit.

And by “we” I totally mean me. Daniel spends money on one thing: food. His sacrifice will be eating out a little less than normal and trying extra hard to remember the lunch I packed him so he won’t have to go to Subway.

My sacrifice will be cutting unessential spending. I gave up online shopping for Lent, which has helped a lot, but I still need to cut back some more – whether that is in the grocery store or the Kindle store or… most importantly… all clothing stores.

So I’m joining the April Wallet Watch with Steph and Marla, and I’m cutting all unnecessary clothes, jewelry and beauty purchases. But, if I look at it as a month of “cannots,” I’m likely to fail.

Therefore, this April I’m going to #workmycloset – 30 days of new looks, new trends and new outfit combinations all from my own closet. Using Pinterest and my favorite fashion blogs as inspiration, I have started my own #workmycloset board all filled with outfits and pattern combinations I already own.

I’ll be showing my #ootd {outfit of the day} on Instagram each morning {or afternoon} and I’d love for you to join me! A lot of the inspiration comes from you – my fellow bloggers – and this is a great way for me {and you} to be creative and appreciate the things I {and you} already have.

So here we go…. Let’s #workmycloset.



Life According to Steph




17 comments:

  1. Hahahaha... Pete only buys food, too! And the occasional video game.

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  2. We're so bad for using our budget as a "loose guideline" too! So excited to see the outfits you come up with!

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  3. There definitely are - and I have so many clothes I love but don't wear near enough. And, it's always a good thing to find ways to spend less.

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  4. I prefer the word "classic" over boring - and the great thing about classic style is that it's so versatile! I'm sure you have all kinds of cute outfits just waiting for you. :)

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  5. Ah yes... I forgot about the Xbox... Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it), Daniel spends all his free time studying so his Xbox is gathering dust.

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  6. It's just so much work to make sure you're on track! There's just so many more things I'd rather be doing than calculating receipts! :) Hopefully, there will be some good ones, ha!

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  7. i've been looking at this too - and i've been using my budge as a loose guideline as well...SO BAD and such a waste of the money i've been given. blehhhhhh.....we as woman have been fed this unrealistic expectation that more is better and that just simply isn't true.

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  8. This is so challenging but also SO great to have control over spending. My husband is really good at saving, but I loooove impulse spending. It's always worth not buying that random thing when you are enjoying the holiday or lens or home you saved for :):) Esther x

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  9. Love this idea! I have been trying to not rewear the same 10 items of clothing like I usually do and it has helped to switch it up!

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  10. Good luck with this project, it looks like a lot of fun :) I stopped by from A Jack of All Trades link-up. Have a great Tuesday!

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  11. Oh what a cool way to take what you could view as a difficult month and turn it into something fun! Off to go see some of your outfits!

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  12. There's always a pursuit of the "latest and greatest" and it never ends. I've pulled out of the chase for the past week, and it's actually been really nice. When I see something I like, I stop and appreciate it, tell myself it isn't an option, and go back to enjoying my day. I've actually eliminated the stress of keeping up - which has been an unexpected benefit.

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  13. You are so right! Impulse spending is so easy - especially with online shopping! So, it's made things a little easier that the answer is always no - no gray lines - and it will definitely all be worth it when I'm on the beach next month celebrating with my hubby.

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  14. I have the habit of wearing the latest thing I purchased over and over until it gets old. This has really forced me to look through my closet and pick out items I haven't worn for a while. And, it's like they are brand new because neither I nor my coworkers have seen them in so long!

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  15. Thanks, Caitlin! It definitely has been fun - and I've even got to practice some of my photography/selfie skills.

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  16. Thanks, Chantel! It really has been a fun challenge every morning to create something new. I think my brain needed a creative challenge to mix things up. Feel free to join me - the more the merrier!

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  17. That's awesome! I definitely love the idea of purging or just being conscious of the amount of stuff that we have at the beginning of the spring season! I work with all guys, so it's pretty rare if they notice what I'm wearing at all, ha! I could probably wear the same thing every day for a week and they wouldn't notice!

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