Apr 20, 2013
One approach is to get rid of something else to make room for the new item. If you have a sweater drawer so full that it can’t possibly hold another sweater, don’t buy or accept another sweater until you go through that drawer and give away anything you no longer wear, love or need.
Another solution is to learn to say, “no.” I love the idea of “conscious shopping.” Most of us become temporarily unconscious when we shop. We operate purely on emotion rather than being rational. Instead of asking the logical questions, “Do I really need this?” or “Where is this going to go when I get it home?” and “What am I going to use this for?” We say, “Ooh, how pretty, and so cheap!” Now what?
When beloved friends or family members offer you their cast-offs and you are reluctant to refuse their kindness, just say, ”Thank you so much! Let me go home and see if this goes with the rest of what I have and I’ll let you know if I can use it.” Make sure this person knows you are grateful for the offer, but that the unsolicited item may not be for you and you know they will want to make sure it goes to the perfect recipient.
Face it, there is very little we actually need. Our spaces are already crammed with items we rarely, if ever, use. First, ask yourself this question: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do I need, love or want this thing?” Then ask, “Does it really have a space and a place?
by Mary Sigmann CPO ® |
note: Copied from the blog of Mary Sigman, a lady who I admire, since she was my first Coach in Organization. Thanks Mary.