How can you reduce clutter? I’m going to be harsh, my dear readers, but it’s tough love. If you already have too much clutter, that’s an issue for another day. What I suggest doing NOW to STOP more CLUTTER is to take a good hard look at your consumer habits. What are you buying and bringing home? No judgement, G-d forbid. I’m not peeking into your shopping cart or your online order.
My question to you is, are you buying something you really NEED? Or is it something “on sale”, something cute that caught your eye, something you didn’t know existed until you saw it while you were scrolling? Many things are impulse buys.
My first suggestion is to be MINDFUL of your purchases. Do you NEED it? Distinguish between WANTS and NEEDS.
For those of you who can take this up a notch, once you’ve practiced mindfulness, put yourself on a spending freeze. Try it for a week. For the braver, try for two. BUY ONLY consumables such as food, medication refills, diapers, etc. If XYZ item is broken or needed, such as all the umbrellas from last season need replacing, replace them because you NEED them.
November is a short few days away. Time will pass quickly and before you know it, it will be Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Retailers and marketers will be doing their utmost to get you to spend your hard-earned money. As I mentioned above, much impulse buying takes place during this season.
If you take time now, the first two weeks of November, to practice buying the consumables you need, you’ll have more confidence when Black Friday and Cyber Monday have their tantalizing merchandise for your purchasing pleasure.
That my dear readers, is my suggestion. It may take a little practice, as all new habits do. You will save money, avoid buyer’s remorse, and cut down on clutter.
Flex those mindfulness muscles. You can do it!