How My Books Came to Be
I created my previous blog, “Recovering Shopaholic” (the precursor to this blog), in an effort to downsize my jam-packed closet and overcome a decades-long compulsive shopping problem. I hoped to keep myself accountable and potentially inspire and connect with other women who wished to trade their full closets for fuller lives.
From the beginning, I made an effort to include useful tips and suggestions for my readers in all of my posts. As I progressed with my recovery, I shared my insights and processes so that others could apply them to their own lives and learn to shop more wisely and better manage their wardrobes.
For a time, I captured many of my strategies on a “recovery tips” page as a quick and easy reference resource. However, as time went on and I had written several hundred posts, it became increasingly unwieldy to maintain that page. Thus, I was inspired to create two books that encapsulate all of the best solutions from the blog.
About the Books and Who They’re For
The tips and strategies in my books have all been revised and enhanced from the original versions that appeared on “Recovering Shopaholic.” Each book may be read cover to cover or used as a reference to address your specific issues and questions.
You do not need to be a shopaholic to benefit from my books. The information provided is intended to be helpful for anyone who struggles with shopping challenges or closet chaos of any kind!
UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic
My first book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” contains the best of my smart shopping solutions from “Recovering Shopaholic,” categorized into logical sections related to various shopping-related situations and challenges.
“UnShopping” begins with twelve “quick tips” that you can use to start shopping smarter right away. From there, I delve into topics related to accountability, general shopping strategies, and tips for before you shop as well as for while you’re in the store (or browsing online). I also include a number of “special topics,” such as resale shopping, shopping with friends, shopping during times of transition, and dealing with holiday shopping challenges.
End Closet Chaos: Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic
My second book, “End Closet Chaos: Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” contains the best of my wardrobe management tips and strategies from the “Recovering Shopaholic” blog, categorized into logical sections related to various closet conundrums.
“End Closet Chaos” begins by addressing wardrobe size, which is a subject that’s on many people’s minds. My “What is a Normal-Sized Wardrobe?” post is the most accessed article on “Recovering Shopaholic” for a reason! After exploring frequency of wear and closet “set point,” I delve into some general wardrobe management tips, as well as closet organization, wardrobe tracking, and how to pare down your wardrobe. I also include suggestions for taking care of your clothes, tailoring, packing for travel, and defining and enhancing your personal style.
The book closes with a bonus section of tips for smarter shopping. These solutions are a curated selection from my first book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” and are included because smarter shopping will assist you in keeping your closet chaos at bay.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I buy the books?
A. The books are available via the Amazon Kindle Store.
Q. What if I don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader?
A. My book can also be read using the Free Kindle Reader App for your Web Browser, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android phone or device.
Q. Are the books available in print format?
A. No, they are digital books.
Q. How long are the books?
A. The number of pages in e-readers varies based upon font size and other settings. In MS Word, “UnShopping” is 98 pages long, with a total of 33,690 words. “End Closet Chaos” is 163 pages long, with a total of 50,674 words (the book also contains a lot of images).
The best part about both books is that you can start anywhere by selecting the particular section or solution that’s most relevant to your individual needs.