An article from The New York Times (July 21, 2010) reported on a kind of movement against the overbuying of clothes. The article was called: “Shoppers on a ‘Diet’ Tame the Urge to Buy”.
The people behind this idea are, in essence, asking the question
What do I really need to have a good life? Do I need or really want all I’ve been buying?
The article stated that the September Consumer Reports’ Shopsmart magazine reported 1 in 4 women owns 10 or more pairs of jeans, and that the average is 7 pairs. Of those 7 pairs, women were only actually wearing 4.
A website that will give you information on this concept is sixitemsorless.com. The Six Items website has women choosing 6 items already in their closets and then go for a month wearing only those pieces (not counting underwear and accessories).
Radical, yes, but you can see how doing these things might help you discover what’s really important to you and what’s not. You might be able to decide what really makes you feel good, and what doesn’t. It seems like you’d be able to understand better what you really need, and what you don’t really need.
Could this concept hold some truths for eating/weight problems as well? Could an experiment something like this help tame the urge to eat just like it might tame the urge to buy? Of course, you wouldn’t be able to limit yourself to only 6 food items, because it would affect your health negatively.
But are there other ways to set up an anti-overeating system? What might that look like?