Do you pack every space until it's full?
Do you like to own a
lot of stuff, and yet feel overwhelmed by it all?
Do you like to make purchases for the fun of the hunt and not because you really need things?
can easily get out of control. It can break the bank as well as fill your life with so much stuff you don't know what is really
important. There are two areas of cluttering habits that usually keep people from getting organized. The first is acquiring
objects. The second is not de-acquiring.
Here are 10 Ways to Break the
1. Pay only with cash. Money is harder to part
with when it is real and not in the form of credit or check.
2. Shop only
when you need something. Shopping is not a hobby or a sport. It is to get things we need. It’s not a bargain if you
don’t need it!
3. Avoid garage sales, estate sales, auction websites, Target, and shopping at sales. They lead to impulse shopping.
Remember, one person’s clutter is another person’s clutter.
4. Before making a purchase ask yourself these questions:
5. Do I really need it? Is it a necessity?
6. What is the worst thing
that would happen if I didn't buy it?
7. Am I shopping to make myself feel better?
8. Am I shopping because I’m bored?
9. Is this the best way to spend my money?
10. Do I have a place to put
Don't order from catalogs
or TV shows. It costs money and time to return these items, which discourages you from sending things back that aren’t
right for you. In fact, if you don’t read catalogs and advertisements, you will find you are more content with what
you have. People really have everything they NEED. Society makes us think we need more, new, better, variety, change. Be in
charge of what you buy.
Take pictures instead of buying souvenirs. They
take up less space.
Toss 10 trinkets daily. If scraps of paper and small
cluttery things are the enemy then the trashcan is your best Ally!
Be a giver! Keep a donation
box in a closet or guest room at all times. Add to it regularly.
Use the one-in-one-out
rule. If you bring something home, send away something similar.
Live your life like you may have to move next month. Only keep the things you really love, need, and use on
a regular basis.