You know how the saying goes ~ “Tomorrow never comes.” Well someday is usually even further away than tomorrow. So keeping stuff simply because you might need it someday is a fools game if you are attemptingÂ to declutter. Especially if they are items that, in reality, you could easily manage without.Â For example, silly little singleÂ use kitchen gadgets that do the same thing as a knife. That mass of household stationery supplies that could supply a large office for a year. That thing-a-ma-jig to fix that thing that you don’t even own anymore. Just to name a few.
Then there are items you once used but think you might go back to sometime in the future. Such as clothing that you keep just incase you lose or gain weight. The chances are those itemsÂ will be unfashionable by then. Also in both cases these categories of clothing don’t bring positive feelings.Â That heavy winter coat you used way back when you lived some place cold. Sports equipment from your younger days that your now ageing body probably couldn’t handle using.
And of course there are those items you spent a lot of hard earnedÂ money on but you either never used much or lost interest in over time. You keep them just incase the interest is rekindled, and simply out of guilt for the wasted cash. Keeping them doesn’t change the fact that the money is spent, while selling them will at least recoup some of the money and free up space.
Prior to my decluttering journeyÂ there were so many useful things that I had kept just in case I might use them one day. They are long gone now and although every now and again I find myself in a situation where I could use one of them, I manage to improvise and achieve the same result efficiently without them. And I might add that, I feel proud of myself for my ingenuity. Although in most case the solution is simple.
Then there is the case of buying things, when you see them at low prices, just because you might have a use for them one day. Well that is also a fools game. IfÂ by some miracle, someday does actually arrive, I am sure the item will still be available to purchase or a simple alternative would suffice. What most people have a need for all the time is money, so don’t waste it on “might needs” so it is available for the important things or better investments. So you are best to leave acquiring stuff that you only might have a â€œneedâ€ for it until then. Now is not the time.
Oh, how much someday clutter did I accumulate when in the honeymoon days of my scrapbooking hobby? Hundreds of pieces of printed paper that were too beautiful, cute or usefulÂ to resist that I would use someday. The same went for stickers,Â embellishments, ribbon and rub-on words.Â All items I convinced myself I would be sorry if I didnâ€™t buy them because this might be a once in a lifetimeÂ opportunity or a bargain too good to miss.Â Where are many of those fabulous crafting items today? Sold, given away and some still in my craft room. Yes some of it got used but some of it has been undergoing a use-it-up challenge for fiveÂ years now. RecentlyÂ I have come to a point where I am using it up more quicklyÂ and it isÂ a nice bonus that I am now making money out of it by selling my creations. However frequently I encounter situations where I can acquire more supplies cheaply and even free so there was no need to stock up back in the day.
In this day and age of rampant consumerism what are the chances that something bigger, better, cuter, more fashionableâ€¦ will come along at the same bargain price or better soon enough when you actually have a use for it? Experience tells me that there is every chance. So there is no need for people to be purchasing items for the future, a future that could be very different than one imagines. This is especially so for items that arenâ€™t even necessary in the first place.
So find the strengthÂ to get rid of the stuff you have kept for some day, and have the fortitude to resist acquiring any more of these items from this day forward. Live for the present because someday is never guaranteed.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter crockery and cutlery that would only be required under the same circumstances as the Thursday mission.
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