Whenever I move, I realize what a ridiculous amount of stuff I have. The last few years I have moved quite a lot (the curse of studenthood, I suppose), and every now and then (vacations and such) I've been temporarily back with my parents where all the stuff my at-the-time living arrangements didn't accommodate is stored.
It's become quite the pile. I have boxes and boxes of books, kitchen supplies, random items of the decoration-, entertainment- or "otherwise" categories, and there is an entire shed stocked with furniture (not all of it is mine, though - my two sisters have also stored quite a lot there over the years). In addition, I have several closets filled with clothes.
There is no denying that I'm a "material girl", but it is not as bad as it sounds. Right now everything I own is stored at my parents' place, since I moved out of my apartment before I went to Japan (and there I only brought what I could carry within the 20kg luggage allowance). Before I moved, most of this was stuff I used, and had a place for. In storage, however, it seems much more unmanageable. Since I'm now back (still temporarily, still in the blue), however, the amount of stuff seem larger than ever. At the same time - now is a terrible time to decide the fate of any furniture, storage boxes and so on, because it is impossible for me to know where, when and to what I will move next. Hopefully my next move will be somewhere slightly more permanent than it's been the last few years, but until I know that for sure, I don't want to get rid of anything that might come in handy at a later stage.
My clothes, however, does not apply to this.
For a while I've been wondering if I should actively start restricting my clothes purchases. I don't actually buy clothes all that often, but once I do, I tend to go with the impulse rather than think through what I really need, and this results in piles of clothes I don't really need (and frequently don't use). Then I read in the paper about a girl who had taken a one year timeout from shopping because she realized that her clothes purchases had become quite the addiction. With one year without buying a single item, she managed to beat the habit, and her closet slimmed down considerably. I think it's time I put my closet on a diet.
Thus, it's my plan to follow her example - no clothes shopping for a year - with only one possible exception. I have a really good friend who is getting married this summer. I'm invited. I have another really good friend who is making the wedding gown. She also makes other clothes, and already have commission a couple of items for me. We've talked about this being a good occasion for another custom-designed dress, and I don't think I can resist the temptation. But, if this is the only clothing item I buy the following year, I will still consider my experiment a success.
Thus, I hereby resolve - I will not buy any clothes this year. It will save me money, time, and it will hopefully make my closet seem more manageable so that at least one part of my inventory is under control.