If you are not content today,
there is nothing you can buy
this weekend to change that.
I read this as I raced through my Facebook this morning. It really said everything I wanted to write about today. One sentence that says it all. I could begin and end today’s blog with a minimal amount of lines, compacted in 17 words. However, let me elaborate.
I’m not to proposing you avoid going to the grocery store. Most of us need to shop for food at least once a week. I’ve read books on ‘Once a Month Cooking’ or even prepping your food on Sundays. It is possible to wait for what you ‘want,’ but impossible to avoid getting things you ‘need.’
Let’s talk more about things you want. We make plans to buy a widget, think a bit about if we can live without it and ultimately save the money to purchase it. This is a planned purchase and not what is causing your house to be cluttered. It is the multiple unplanned purchases that you have made that is one of the causes of clutter.
Here is an example from my home. I have an admission to make. I own 5 vacuums. Yes, that is right. FIVE. How in the world did this happen?
- One vacuum was my daughter’s when she was in college. I fixed it, but she had already bought one to replace it.
- The second vacuum is a vintage Electrolux canister. I used that for my wood and tile floors, as well as cobwebs in the corners, etc.
- The third is a Hoover upright that I used for my carpet.
- The fourth is another Hoover upright that is perfect for pet hair on hard wood.
- The fifth is a german made canister unit that I found new with tags at a thrift store this past spring. I absolutely love it and it has replaced all of my vacuums.
This problem seems easy to solve. I should just get rid of the first four vacuums, right? Here is what I found out after purchasing (without saving, planning or needing) the fifth machine. Our garbage service does not accept anything that has a motor and/or electrical cord. Several larger thrift/rummage stores do not accept vacuums. I would not feel right about selling them as they are all over 5 years old and we have pets.
If I had known all of this, I probably would have thought twice about purchasing the last vacuum. I would have questioned myself a bit more on whether I really needed it or not. I would have investigated on how to get rid of my four vacuums before buying the fifth
This is one extreme example of how clutter in the home happens; and worse yet, the inability to purge it. We purchase things because we want to ‘upgrade.’ We purchase items to replace something that doesn’t work as well. We purchase stuff that we have forgotten we already have or misplaced. It goes back to buying clutter we want and do not need.
If you are battling the never-ending war on clutter in your home, take some time this weekend before purchasing stuff without thinking about if it is truly needed. Pat yourself on the back. Put the money saved in a jar for a rainy day fund. Better yet, for your next vacation!