First of all, apologies for the tardiness of any post at all over the last several months. There should truly be no excuse, but postings just took a back seat as I suppose I’ve run out of steam in a lot of ways lately. I’m ramping back up though, and missing the interaction with you so I’m back today with a thoughtful organizing tip to share that’s not always talked about.
Think Before You Buy:
We live in a highly consumer-driven society. It’s not totally our fault; we’re subject to media propaganda, subliminal messages by corporate gorillas, and peer pressure. However, we’re not robots either and we can make a decision not become purchasing lemmings.
Our reality is that we each live in a certain sized dwelling place. We are only able to work within a specific square footage of space. In that space, we typically have some closets, some drawers, and some additional furniture for which we store items.
Rather than going out every so often and trying to buy more storage pieces, large bins or additional containers, consider that you very likely don’t need more storage, but less things. I know that’s not necessarily something that you might want to hear, but it’s typically the case.
Take clothes, for example; think about the practicality of having 15 pairs of jeans, 30 t-shirts, 20 tank tops, 7 sweatpants, etc… It sounds a bit much once you start to list them, but it’s about average these days. Think about the items you typically wear everyday and then consider the number of clothing pieces you actually don in a year. Chances are, you’re keeping items for either sentimental reasons, or hopes that you might wear them again if you can get back to “that size” (I’m guilty too!).
My guidance is to always pare down first. Purge what you can; giving feels incredible, especially since it’s almost always going to those who need it far more than you do. Secondly, you can do something preventative; Think before you buy.
Think about any item you’re intending to bring home, in this way:
Not only will this benefit your wallet, but it will bring more peace into your home when you are surrounded by only the things you treasure, rather than things that just happened to be a good deal.
Tidy on friends!