Carver spends less than $1,000 per year on replacing well-worn items, a far cry from the more than $6,000 per year that she used to spend purchasing the latest styles each month. Rather than shop nearly weekly, she now browses stores several times per year and adheres to a list of items she needs to buy.
“When I go to shop, I’m not lured in by the marketing,” she said.
And there can be psychological benefits, too. Having less stuff can help you stop putting unnecessary meaning into your possessions, points out clinical psychologist Jennifer Baumgartner, author of You Are What You Wear who is based in Washington, DC. Over time, cleaning out a closet from unnecessary items becomes easier, she said.