I want to be honest. This 31 Day series has been hard. It's been hard to post every day. Hard to discover new things in my closet or the garage, have a great idea for a project with them, and then realize I don't have quite everything I need to pull it off.
This wouldn't be an issue if not for my self-imposed spending freeze on project supplies and clothes. The good news is that there are still plenty of projects I can complete without purchasing any additional supplies and I'll have plenty of projects on the docket once my "freeze" is over.
But the hardest part has been about the clothes. I started this spending freeze on Oct 1st, right as we transitioned the summer clothes out and brought in the fall. I have been tempted on so many occasions to just grab one cardigan (it's getting cold and that's a fall staple, right?). Especially today.
Our godson's baptism was this evening and I do have a cropped white cardi that I planned to wear with my dress. But it had a stain on the front. So as we were picking up a few groceries and supplies from Target earlier, I wandered over to the women's clothing clearance racks. First mistake. Don't put yourself in the den of temptation.
After a few minutes of browsing, my daughter said, "Mom, why are we over here? We don't need any clothes. We need fruit, and milk, and cornbread mix." She was so right.
I steered us towards the market area, got what was on our list and only what was on our list. I can't remember the last time that happened at Target.
I came home, treated my sweater with stain remover and wore it to the baptism. We forgot the camera at home so I don't have a pic to share but will steal some from our friends soon :)
Why does it seem so much easier to just replace something than to fix it sometimes? It took me 5 min to fix my sweater and saved me whatever money I would have spent on a new one. I wish I could say that I make the this choice every time. I'll share more of my successes and failures with this at the end of the series, but for now I will say that it's certainly challenging me in really good ways!