There was a post in the facebook group last week that really hit home to a lot of people.
This statement really makes us think about our stuff differently. There’s not just a cost when we buy the item to begin with, but keeping clutter just wastes more time and money in having to maintain it. The best time to declutter is pulling things out of your cart before you checkout! Cut out that waste of time and money right at the source!
Before you get to the checkout, examine your cart and ask yourself these important questions. Your experiences decluttering will strengthen your resolve to make the right choice instead of buying future decluttered items!
“Where will I actually store this?” Our space is a precious commodity. If the answer is there isn’t a spot for it to go and we don’t want to get rid of something to give it a spot, then it definitely isn’t a need and it’s going to end up annoying us in the end.
“Do I already own something that could do this job?” We often splurge purchase items that are some version of what we already own. But the new one is fun and exciting. If you’re not willing to replace the old item that still does the job, don’t buy a new one that makes your space cluttered. Do we need a new hairbrush if our current one is still in good enough condition that we don’t want to get rid of it?
“Will I really use this as often as I think? When will I really use this? Will it be convenient to use?” We see how painful it is to declutter good items that just aren’t being used regularly enough to justify keeping. We’ve all gotten rid of things (or lots of things in some cases) that we thought we’d use, but we didn’t. Buying something that supports our good intentions FEELS GOOD, that’s why it’s so tempting, but in the end we feel worse when that item sits unused as a reminder of our “failing.”
“Will this item or something close to it still be available when I’m actually ready to start the project? Where will I store it while I wait? Is it going to be annoying and in my way?” We’ve all bought stuff for future projects that don’t end up happening or take a lot longer to get done than we initially hoped. Don’t fill your house with your to do list. You end up feeling locked into a decision past you made when current you might want something else or isn’t even interested in the project anymore!
And then the most obvious of all –
“Will I regret buying this?” Your gut knows, just listen to it.
These are just a few of the questions, can you think of more we should ask ourselves?
From my home to yours,