I know, I know. We all know the lure of the ‘Target run.’ Go in for milk and cereal, come out with an entire new bedding ensemble, shoes for the kids, and that $20 candle that finally hit the clearance section. But then you go home and find 6 old comforters, shoes that your kids have already outgrown but never had a chance to wear, and enough candles to hold a seance. So every time you experience ADOS (Attention Deficit, Oooh Shiny!) Disorder, take a deep breath and ask yourself these 4 questions before buying a thing.
1. Do I really NEED this?
If you truly do, fantastic. If you’re wavering on that yes, chances are you don’t need it at all. So often, I hear a client wants to hold onto an item solely because ‘I liked it’ or ‘I think it’s pretty.’ Just because you like something or think it’s pretty doesn’t mean it has to come home with you. (I’m a sucker for a really yummy-smelling candle, but how many candles can one woman use at a time?)
2. Where (specifically) would I put this in my home?
Can you identify a very specific home for this item? If you can’t easily identify a spot, chances are you can live a happy life without add and not clutter up your home.
3. Can I afford this?
In this instance, ‘affording it’ doesn’t mean room on your credit card. Are you truly in the right spot financially to make this purchase. This obviously applies to larger purchases like a car, new golf clubs, or new furniture. But $5 drive-through Frappuccinos add up incredibly fast.
4. Can I get this without buying it?
In the book for a new book? Most urban library systems (including Fulton County) now offer e-books on loan. Having a party? Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on decorations or tableware you’ll use once then have to find storage for, considering renting it from a party rental company. Bonus – they’ll likely drop it off and pick it up after your event.
With a little bit of practice, you’ll find that you ask yourself these 4 questions without even really being aware of it. And selective buying plays a key role in keeping an uncluttered home. Will you try this practice next time you walk into a store?