What I’m going to say isn’t necessarily a best business practice for me, but it is something I feel wholeheartedly and it is one of the reasons I have not been posting a lot lately. I want to encourage you (and myself) to buy fewer better things. Those of you who just want a quick fashion hit (which I love too) might be thinking “oh great, stop preaching and just show me a good edit”, but a good edit should be just that. I know what I want to share with you and it’s not time yet. Spring pieces are starting to trickle in and I am not waiting for stuff, I am waiting for the right stuff. In fact, I am trying not to buy anything this month and did the same last. I admit it’s hard for me; in fact, I would say I don’t particularly enjoy it. But I know what I want and am trying to keep a laser focus.
A friend who knows a bit about my new project coming up, turned me on to a book yesterday, Fewer Better Things by Glenn Adamson, who was the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design and Head of Research at London’s V&A. He discusses the emotional and tangible reasoning behind living with fewer better things and places it in a broader social context that makes so much sense. I’ve ordered the book, but you can read the entire prologue on his site here. As someone who loves fashion and beautiful things, but is trying hard to weed out the excess, his words are an inspiration. Below is a short quote from it, but if you have 10 minutes I highly suggest you read his intro.
Lisa Mac says
Jennifer, once again you’re in my head – I’ve spent less on clothes in the past two months than any January and February in the past, including bypassing all the sales. I’m waiting for the *right* things, too, and I know when your Spring edit comes it will be completely on point. Ironically, though, I just went ahead and bought the book!
Great advice! Are you going to let us know what’s on your wish list?
Thanks for this great reminder! Your posts are really starting to hit home. I had an itch to buy something yesterday – really just anything – but when I went looking, I didn’t find anything that was of the quality I was looking for or that was on my list. I’ve started keeping a list on my phone of what I’m looking for…and I’m sticking to it! I love the idea of being laser-focused.
I’m enjoying editing, selling, gifting, or donating at the moment, a lot more than shopping. I don’t even have anything on my “wish list” at the moment. The more I get rid of, the more I love and appreciate what I have already.
Loving your blog. When will your spring edit be published?