Have you ever wondered, "Why did I buy that?". This question is common during the purging process, or what I call phase 1, when I'm working with my clients. This is the "what could have been" phase, or when clients tend to be retrospective while experiencing the physical removal of the clutter in their home. They wonder why they bought the item(s) in the first place or sometimes I even hear, "What's wrong with me?". While that is normal, I always remind my clients not to be too hard on themselves and you probably need that reminder, too. If you've wondered either of these questions, you are not alone...
The clutter taking up space in your home could have been many things but one thing to realize is that your clutter used to be your money. To put those mindless and impulsive purchases into perspective, a $5.00 impulse purchase an average of once per week is $260.00 a year... or $1,300.00 in 5 years. How often do you buy something you don't need or even care about for the idea (or feeling) that you are getting a "great deal"? To break it down, is it really a great deal if you didn't need the item or even want the item in the first place? The answer is no. When you are purchasing for the thrill of the deal you are getting more than you bargained for (pun intended). Eventually, you have to deal with all of those "great deals" and it is not always pretty. You are responsible for every item in your home. It's important to realize that you have the responsibility of maintaining all the items in your home. This is why clutter can be so stressful and this is why having less cuts a large chunk of stress out of your life. If you find it difficult or don't have enough time to maintain your home the way you want to, it may be time to change your spending habits.
The way to end mindless purchasing is to be mindful and intentional. Before buying anything, even something that you'd consider to be a great deal, ask yourself if you actually need this item: Will you actually use the item? Do you need another t-shirt? Will you wear these shoes more than a couple times? Is this item comfortable? Will your kid actually play with that? Do you want to be responsible for maintaining this item in your home ETC. Always be honest and realistic.
PRO TIP: If you've answered no to any of the questions above do not buy the item and transfer the money you would have spent to your savings account. 1-5 years of transferring your silly purchases into savings will make you happier, trust me!
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