I don’t think I have ever dedicated a post to the practiceÂ of one in one out. That is, to maintain a decluttered status of your home, Â for every item that comes into your home something else should go out inÂ turn. Of course this has been mentioned time and time again here mostlyÂ in the context of when you buy something let something go. Buts lets not forget the when you receive something from someone else the same needs to happen or the clutter will begin to build up again.
And of course if your home is already cluttered one-in-one-out is only going to maintain the status quo so other decluttering needs to be going on at the same time in order to attain a less cluttered level of living. You might be surprised at how mindful you need be about this because I hear it said often that people thought they were making progress but then realised that they were really just marking time. Or at best two steps forward one step back.
The result of this can be that people then give up on decluttering because they think it is a futile endeavour instead of giving up on acquiring. Because lets face it, for most people acquiring is much more enjoyable.
The one in item does not need to match the one out item, although to make a difference it would need to be of a least equal size or, better still, bigger. Although it generally works out that they are similar items because it is usually that you are replacing one item with another.
Often my readers mention clutter creep. This title amuses me because Â it makes it sound like something that happens independently of them, like a cockroach invasion. So long as we don’t detach ourselves from the responsibility of it and be vigilant with the one in one out system this problem will be eliminated.
Today’s Mini Mission
Start a use it up challenge on aÂ throw away convenience item that is not so environmentally friendly,Â andÂ vow not to replace it. Paper towel, cling wrap, any sort of wet wipes, bottled waterâ€¦
â€œIf we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think weâ€™d beÂ happy withÂ more?â€ â€” Unknown
Eco Tip for the Day
Limit your purchases to good quality items the truly suit your needs. This will be better for you, will ensure the continuation of quality manufacturing and hopefully help eliminate rubbish products through lack of demand.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow