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How to Keep Your Shopping Habit Under Control

I'm a Fashion Blogger, and I Created a 3-Item Plan to Save My Sanity and My Wardrobe

The following post was originally featured on Yanira Garza and written by Yanira Garza, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Latina.

I know, everyone is in organization mode but this is something I've thought about for a while, but would like to implement this year. First things, first. I have taken out 100 items from my closet. Yes, you read that correctly. I have donated two boxes and one bag full of clothing and accessories. But the truth is, a few of these items were kept because of either sentimental value or because they were expensive (though I got a deal). I never wore them more than once or kept tossing them in the "maybe" pile; as in maybe one day I will wear them. Those 100 pieces were all "maybe" pieces.

As a stylist, I know better but sometimes you just cannot help yourself . . . I am human, too, you know. However, I have been pickier when I shop and at times have told my husband that I wasn't even in the mood to shop. Gasp! I don't know, maybe the tide is shifting and I need to love what I am wearing now to wear it. So, no more maybes. Here is the plan I'm sticking to after cleaning out my closet.

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The Three Item Plan

At the beginning of every season, I will allow myself to purchase just three items. I am looking not to replace the 100 pieces I have tossed, but to invest in pieces that will get more wear. Do these have to be splurges? No. They could be a pair of $40 shoes as long as I wear them and wear them often. That is what I mean by quality. I have to see its worth in wearability. Being limited to only three items will be hard, but doable. There are only a few exceptions to the rule:

Undergarments: These need to be replaced often, so they will not be included in my three-item plan.

Beauty Products: Mascaras should be replaced every three months for hygienic reasons, and my skincare is non-negotiable. This applies to wardrobe pieces only.

Gifts: Anything that is gifted will not be included; however, if I get a gift card and use it to purchase an item, then it counts towards the three.

Brand Collaborations: Sometimes my job has a few nice perks. At times, I get offered these projects that involve gifted wardrobe items. This will not be included. However, I will be just as picky about these items, as I do not want to start creating another "maybe" pile.

Why the torture? Because I had 100 items in my closet that I barely wore. Will I save more money? Maybe or maybe not. I'm not limiting myself to an actual budget. If the item is worth the splurge and something I know I will wear regularly, then I will buy it. So maybe I will spend the same amount on 12 pieces that I did on that 100 or maybe not.

I will say this, this will be hard so I need a few of you to join me on this! Feel free to tag me on purchases using the hashtag #3ItemPlan. Who's in?

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