Most of those “experts” talk about purging and how it’s best to get rid of massive amounts of stuff at once. However, that doesn’t deal with the real issue. Why do we have clutter in the first place? Just throwing out junk doesn’t solve the problem if you don’t stop the behavior. You’ll just end up with a house full of stuff months later and then feel guilty that you’ve let yourself back into a bad situation.
For me it was a combination of being raised by a severe hoarder parent, who learned it from their parents, combined with the medications that changed my brain chemistry. When I became emotionally numb on antidepressants and sleeping pills, I looked for things to make me happy.
When the new thing I bought didn’t work, I just bought something else. That’s how I ended up with over a hundred bottles of nail polish and a cabinet full of shampoos, conditioners, and body washes. None of those things actually made me happy, but I thought they would.
Once I realized why I had so much stuff, I started using it without buying more. Eventually my stash was dwindled down to a reasonable amount. That’s when it dawned on me that this is how all decluttering should start; slowly, with purpose and understanding.
Click here for the original post about Using What You Have …. that gives you the basic idea of how to get started.
Once you’ve gotten into the hang of that, you can develop the mind set of using things you already have instead of buying new.
A few months ago, one of my daughters mentioned that she was looking for a jewelry box. I happened to have one that my Dad had bought at Goodwill years ago (oh the irony) and told her she could have it. Well that meant that I no longer had anything to put my jewelry in. So I shopped my own house and found this beautiful serving dish on top of the armoire in my bedroom, collecting dust. I think I bought it not long after we got married, so it’s been unused for over twenty years.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to throw out the lip gloss I’ve been carrying around in my purse for years. Yes, for yeeeeeeeeeeears. It was long past time for it to go. So I shopped my house and found lip glosses I got for free from Melaleuca and didn’t have to buy anything new.
Try it … I guarantee you have stuff (perfectly good, useable stuff) in your house that you completely forgot you had. The next time you think you need to buy something new, shop your house instead.
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