Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
I revisted the archives from September 1, 2010 for this post. It was titled “Cindy’s Take on Avoiding Recluttering.” This time I have published it with gift buying in mind. As appropriate, insert “the gift recipient” in place of “I”
It’s bound to happen sometime; you’re going to have to break down and buy something. Before you do, consider these factors:
- Do I need it?
- Do I want it?
- Did I come into the store looking for this item, or did it just catch my eye?
- Would I be criticized if my spouse or family members knew that I had purchased this?
- Can I afford it? If I cannot pay for it now, should I buy it?
- Can I wait a week and see if I still believe I need to buy this?
- I am buying it “just to try it”? If I am, is there some other way that I could try it first?
- Can I borrow it or rent it instead?
- Can I buy it used?
- Can I share the purchase of this item with someone else? (Lawn tools, exercise equipment, a bicycle, or magazine subscriptions all fall into this category.)
- Have I researched this purchase? Is this item durable and does it do the things I want?
- Will this item be easy use, maintain, and keep organized? Does this item perform more than one function?
- Do I have something at home that will perform the same function? Will it replace one or more other things that I already have? Am I willing to move those other things along? Do I truly need to replace those things?
- Do I have a place to store this item? Do I know that it fits?
- Is it in a color or style that I will continue to enjoy? Does it fit with my décor or the other things in my wardrobe?
- What is it made of? Where was it made? Are the components healthy for me and the environment? Is it labeled for recycling? Is it made of recycled parts?
- Can I sell it when I no longer want it?
Today’s Mini Mission
Roundup all pens and pencils that are scattered throughout your home. Once together declutter any excess.
Today’s Declutter Item
One has to wonder why we still have a snowboard even though we have been back in Australia for over five years now and the person this was once the right size for is now no doubt too big for it.
Eco Tip for the Day
Consider donating excess pens and pencils in your home to a local school or take them to be used in your workplace. This will reduce the need for these places to purchase new ones while decluttering excess from your home. They are likely to dry up and become useless before they are ever used otherwise. I wonder how many pens succumb to this fate every year. Also try to remember not to accidentally acquire more. I almost walked off with a pen from the post office last week after address a parcel I was sending. I can assure you I didn’t need any more pens. In fact I will follow my own advice here and declutter yet more from my house. Perhaps I will take them to the post office. If you set aside a place in your house to store such items you won’t fall into the trap of buying more that you don’t need.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow