People often say this to me ~ “Buy yourself something nice, you deserve it.”. They seem to be under the impression that just because I live a decluttered lifestyle and rarely buy anything just for fun that I am somehow missing out. Because they are still on the “buying for fulfilment” treadmill they think I am being deprived of the joys of life. I happily inform them that I have no desire to acquire stuff I don’t need just because I “deserve” it. In fact I get a great deal of satisfaction from not feeling the need to buy buy buy.
If I do decide I might like to purchase a certain item I have a golden rule ~ Where possible I try before I buy, buy secondhand or go without.
I prefer to be very sure about a purchase before I make it so if there is a possibility to try first I take it. Better to be disappointed with an item and avoid wasting my money on it than buying and then discovering it doesn’t live up to the hype. To try an item I will either borrow a similar item from a friend or take advantage of a “try before you buy” offer from the retailer. I also like to buy secondhand, that way I am not adding to the supply and demand of new products and if neither option is possible I usually decide I can live without it.
Generally if I have a mind to try something I bide my time until I can manage to pick one up very inexpensively at the thrift store such as the bench top convection cooker I brought home recently. I consider any such purchase to be on a trial basis only. Should the item not live up to what I expect of it or be worth the space it takes up I donate it straight back to the store. Even so these purchases are rare and usually well considered beforehand and are mostly only ever something that is environmentally friendly and will lighten my workload in some way.
I also come across people all the time who say ~ “I badly need to declutter. I don’t know where all the stuff comes from. I really don’t buy much.” There are two things wrong with what is being said here. The first is “I badly need to declutter.” ~ Then why aren’t you. Stop thinking about it and start doing it. Five or ten minutes a day to choose something to be rid of and then half and hour once a month to drop the pile of discards off at the thrift store really doesn’t add up to much time. The second issue here is the delusion that ~ “I really don’t buy much.” ~ then where is the clutter coming from. Unless you have a kleptomaniac in your home the stuff is being acquired by you from somewhere.
The truth actually looks more like this “I want to get organised but I really don’t make enough effort to declutter. I also need to stop the tide coming in in order to stop the problem from increasing.” Unless you can be honest with yourself and make an effort to declutter and also stop shopping nothing is going to change. The choice is entirely up to the individual. Get rid of your clutter and have a tidy organised home, you deserve it.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter an obligation item ~ Something you only keep because you feel you should. Often something someone else gave you.
Today’s Decluttered Item
Here is one of those crazy purchases made years ago that were never used. I was glad to redeem a little of the lost cash by selling them on ebay. Hopefully to someone who truly has a use for them.
Eco tip of the day
Buy less stuff.