Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Clutter.

Hello and blessings my dear readers.  In Julius Caesar it warned ‘Beware of the ides of March’.  I am warning you about the ides of December and the resulting clutter that can result from your shopping habits.

The Klutter Koach is very very worried for some of you right now.  I don’t even you who YOU are.

Why am I worried?  I am concerned for you because ‘Tis the Season of ‘let’s spend lots of money we probably don’t have on things we don’t need’.

Is it really worth getting up and going shopping at 5 am to save $5?  Wouldn’t you rather use your day off to sleep in a bit?  Do you really need something because it’s “on sale”?  If you aren’t consumer savvy, I’ll tell you a little secret.  The the clever marketers jack up the prices and then reduce the prices and call it a ‘sale’.

What are you going to do with all this extra stuff you have just bought or intend to buy?

If you bring in two new sweaters, you had better get rid of two old sweaters, unless you simply don’t have any sweaters at all then by all means keep your two new ones.  Send the old sweaters off to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or any other local thrift store in your area.  Makes you think twice if you really need two new sweaters at all if it’s going to force you to declutter your sweater stash.

If anyone is so motivated to shop, you can buy me an iPhone or Smartphone or whatever phone has internet access so I can take photos and instantly upload them.  With that technology, I would take pictures of all my closets and you can see how little excess I have.  I have an ‘old-fashioned’ digital camera at present and it’s a real pain in the derriere to post pictures because the download/upload process is too much of a headache.  I’d love to share ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of the clients I help.  Quite motivational to see the process and the end result, IMHO.

I started this blog because I have a knack of decluttering and organizing, I know some of you…well…need some assistance in this area.   If you are determined on buying something new this season just because advertising has brainwashed you or tradition encourages you to, you better know exactly WHERE you are going to put it, HOW you are going to clean or maintain it, and WHY you need to buy it in the first place.

I found some great articles about gifts you can give that don’t create clutter:  gifts of the heart, gifts of homemade goodies, gifts of museum memberships for families, or gifts of enrichment lessons like piano or karate.  The experience will last a lot longer than a material item.

I found a fantastic chart from Getting Organized Magazine chock-full of  72 Clutter-free gift ideas:

There are tons of gift ideas that won’t take up shelf space.  I especially like the one about massage gift certificates.  (Remember I’m a massage therapist, as well as a teacher).  Those of us in service professions really like when you buy those.  HInt hint.

So happy decluttering, happy shopping once you’ve decluttered, and happy December.

Thanks for reading.

Karen, The Klutter Koach

(Originally titled: Beware the Ides of…December)  Reblogged with new title November 24, 2017

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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