Welcome to my public thoughts on my personal life goals. In 2014, I set out to change my lifestyle, and I began with the best way I knew how - my closet. I share with you, how the road to Perfecting My Closet, is helping me achieve my ultimate life goals. 

Part 4: 2016's budget has been blown - now what?

Well, after taking a really good look at how my purchases went for 2016, I have to decide how to move forward. 

Do I ...?

a) not buy anything for the rest of the year
b) only buy something if I am replacing an item that needs immediate replacement
c) sell items to fund purchases for the rest of the year
d) give myself a bit more room and increase my budget
e) hope that I receive gift cards to my favourite shops - after all, my birthday and Christmas are still coming up! ;)

Taking a good look at what I purchased and what I currently own, I plan to exercise a combination of choice a) and b), and define an item that needs immediate replacement to be an item I  use at least once or twice a week. I will have my StyleBook App to help me determine that. Choice e) - well, I leave that up to the stars!

I don't want to sell items to fund extra purchases because I think in the long run, that sets a precedent that I always have a buffer, or an 'out' - my goal for the long-term is to really instill and stick to a budget. Choice d) just means I'm being too easy on myself and I haven't learned anything about staying on budget. 

So what happens if I come across a super-hot, absolutely can't pass up, has a strong staying power, and a crazy-amazing steal of an item? Well, depending on the item, I may take it out of next year's budget, or use my funds dedicated for my next pre-loved item in place of it, or maybe it will be one of my Wishlist and 'needs' items, thereby exempt from my budgets. I want to be hard on myself, but I also don't want to be completely brutal where I'm so focused on the dollars and cents to the point where I lose sight of the big picture, which is perfecting my closet and acquiring things that work the best for me.

Just a reminder to myself, If I buy anything else this year, it will have to be one of the following: 

  • Black wedge ankle boots

  • Gray leather bag

  • Navy sheath dress

  • Black sheath dress

Update - One, or two? TWO Boswell totes!

Update - One, or two? TWO Boswell totes!

Part 3: 2016's budget has been blown - the 'great purchase'

Part 3: 2016's budget has been blown - the 'great purchase'