Shopping Brake is about my journey to shopping smarter and shopping less.  As a compulsive shopper, I have spent countless hours and dollars in my desire to “feel like me” and I have tried many different tips to curb my shopping and to reduce the size of my wardrobe.  And while information I’ve read about, or discovered on my own, have all been helpful, they have not worked to stop my over shopping.  It wasn’t until my husband came up with a challenge for me, called The DH Closet Challenge, that I am now able to shop smarter, and to shop less.  In this blog I discuss my strategies for shopping, my struggles to overcome a shopping addiction, and my insights along the way.  Join me as I embark on a journey to a new way of shopping and managing my wardrobe.  And maybe it will help you to shop less and to shop smarter too.


  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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