I used to NOT have a plan when I would shop. Something would catch my eye or rather maybe a price tag price would catch my eye and I'd buy it if it was the right price.. I didn't keep track of the clothes I had in my closet or what clothes I might actually need to purchase. So I'd buy a fourth striped shirt, or another pair of dark wash skinny jeans to add to the six I already own. Shopping like this since college meant I had accumulated one full walk in closet, half of another walk in closet, three drawers in a dresser, an armoir and the shelving above my one and a half walk in closets. (This was at the height of my shopping compulsion and had a disposable income before I became a stay at home mom) I couldn't get rid of anything and slowly just kept adding to it with the above method of shopping.
Now with my newly found closet and clothes I realized that it wouldn't stay the way I want it to unless I changed the way I added to it.
All in all this is so good for me to learn more about patience and I really enjoy looking for things I actually want or need. It sounds like a lot of work to shop this way, but it really isn't. I think it's easier to get a plan together and shop for exactly what you want so when you go to your closet you don't have to pick through your clothes to find something you actually want to wear for the day.
I hope this inspires you to try shopping differently or more thoughtfully when you are looking to add to your wardrobe! Happy Monday and thanks for reading!