Welcome to the Shopping Brake Family!

About Shopping Brake — The Blog

Shopping Brake: The Blog is a guide into how to change the way you shop and manage your wardrobe.  Started in 2013 as a personal diary, the blog shares the experiences from a compulsive shopper as she overcame shopping struggles and wardrobe woes.  Shopping Brake: The Blog has evolved into an inspiration for shopping less and shopping smarter from editor Lisa Deerwood.

About Shopping Brake — The Book

The book Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love is a self-help book for 2 types of people: those trying to overcome a shopping addiction and those who wish to improve their wardrobe.  In this comprehensive guide you’ll gain valuable advice on how to go shopping for clothes so that you know that everything you buy is the right decision for you.  You’ll also learn different options for closet organization, read about tips for wardrobe management, and explore closet challenges to inject a little fun back into your wardrobe when boredom tries to set in.

Available from: Kindle | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Createspace

About Lisa Deerwood

Lisa Deerwood, the author and editor behind the content of the Shopping Brake Family, started her personal blog in 2013 as a way to share her personal experiences as she overcame a shopping addiction.  Lisa is a former shopaholic and expert in analytical and critical thinking who knows what it feels like to spend every day struggling with the inner urge to buy, buy, buy, yet stand in front of a closet stuffed to the max full of clothes and feel like “I have nothing to wear.”  After years of research and personal trial and error Lisa discovered how to shop faster, shop smarter, and start loving her wardrobe.  In 2017, Lisa published her book— Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love—as a way to share her stories of overcoming a shopping addiction while also providing a how to guide on shopping, organizing, and managing a wardrobe that you love.


  1. Hi Lisa! Found you via Debbie at Recovering Shopaholic. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts about your wardrobe challenges. You’re a good writer! But I wanted to let you know I did find it a little difficult to find the posts in order. I wanted to start from the beginning to see your progression. I finally did find the first post but only after starting with Wanting More (week 2) and scrolling to the bottom to hit the back arrow. It also would be nice if each post was dated.

    I liked one thing in particular you mentioned and that was how you don’t particularly like to remix items and prefer to have “outfits.” I also find that easier somehow. Looking forward to your future posts!

    1. Hi Kim, Thanks for reading and for your suggestions. I am not very tech savy, but I will try to figure out a better way to organize the older posts. I am happy to hear from a fellow non-outfit remixer! Sometimes I read about minimal wardrobes and the remixing options are overwhelming. I find that just as frustrating as trying to manage a larger wardrobe. For me, the key is preset outfit combinations I like. Then just repeat, repeat, repeat.

      1. Hi Lisa,

        I’m glad some people are finding your blog through me. Your posts are great and I’m sure others will enjoy reading them and learning your valuable insights!

        As for a way of organizing the old posts, see if your WordPress theme has an archives page function. If it does, it should be very easy to put such a page up and people can easily find your earliest posts, etc. Here’s an example of what it might look like: http://debbieroes.com/archive/ It’s not the prettiest thing, but does make it easier for people to find things.

        Otherwise, another suggestion is to list the introductory posts (i.e. about the DH Closet Challenge) on your About page and link to them. I’m going to include a “Start Here” page on my blog soon so that new readers can find some of my most helpful posts. For examples of such a page, see these links: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/ and http://alwayswellwithin.com/start-here/

        Hope this helps. Keep up the great work with your blog! – Debbie

      2. Thanks Debbie. I’ve been looking for an archive feature but I do not see one. I like the idea to create a page with links to posts. I’ll have to set that up. I am using the categories label for the posts right now, but I don’t think they are helping users very much.

  2. HI! I just found your blog thru Debbie Roes and I’m so glad I did. I find your insights thought provoking and helpful. Looking forward to reading more.

  3. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back in the future.
    Many thanks

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