Although the challenge has positive intent it does have the side effect denying the pleasure of immediate gratification. The challenge is about less rather than more.
How do I keep motivated and show results? While the seven things challenge is partially about reduction, there is a cumulative total that helps measure progress. It is the external indicator of inward progress.
Enter the "savings" jar. Each time I overcome the temptation to buy clothing which pre-challenge would have come home, the value of the item goes into a jar. This creates a visual reminder of progress and ensures there will be cash on hand when the perfect garment appears or to pay for repairs I can't make myself or buy materials to transform already owned garments (there are some tops and shoes which need dying).
The money for the three items I only just resisted in January has been thrown in
- some Very Silly shoes. $7
- a black top in a favoured brand but which had a couple of buttons missing and some signs of wear. $5
- an evening frock, BNWT which fitted beautifully and was tempting to have as a standby for the wedding in April as cool weather option. Despite the great fit the colour was not quite right and could not be dyed so after much debate I left it. $17