Shopping and Clutter
Do you ever look around your home and feel like all the stuff has crept
in while your back was turned? Do you blame your partner for the overfull
cupboards and the piles of general flotsam that are kicking around? But
are you being totally honest with yourself - how much of the stuff did
you personally bring into your home?
One of the key ways things enter your home is because you've chosen and
bought them. With the Summer Sales here perhaps you're warming up your
wallet for another assault on the shops. Before you do - stop and think
about your shopping habits and how they are contributing to your cluttered
situation. Ask yourself the following questions.
How many times have you bought things in the sales you've never worn
or used? I've certainly done this many times in the past - though
these days I expect things I buy to be both beautiful and useful and to
have the Wow factor even if they are in the sales. Remember don't buy
anything you wouldn't buy normally.
Do you really need it? We live in slick consumer-driven times so
it's easy to get carried away particularly at sale time into buying one
more set of towels, one more pair of trousers, another watch or cut price
crockery. Instead of being seduced by what's on show try shopping with
a list. I know it sounds boring but it means you come back with white
sheets you'll actually use rather yet another vase that will quickly become
Is it really a bargain? However reduced it was, if you shove it
in the back of the cupboard and forget about it, then it certainly wasn't
a bargain. In fact it will cost you more than the wasted money. It will
cost you valuable storage space, not to mention the sinking feeling you'll
experience when you come across it in six months time!
Do you con yourself online shopping doesn't count? Wherever you
buy things they will still arrive at your home. I know lots of hoarders
who are addicted to eBay and all its tempting bargains. So be just as
choosy about buying online as you would be on the High Street.
Are you addicted to shopping? We all have days when we buy something
on impulse or blow some money because we're feeling low. The problems
start if this is an everyday occurrence. Psychologists have found compulsive
shoppers' heart rate soars as they hit the shops - so they do really get
a physical high from shopping. The problem is that soon afterwards, their
mood crashes - they feel guilty about the money or because they didn't
really need another jacket or handbag. Warning signs are lying to others
about your shopping habits, hiding your purchases and feeling driven to
shop daily. If you think you may have a problem, put "compulsive
shopping" into Google or other search engines for lots of helpful
sites and articles. Check
for help if your compulsive shopping has led to debt.
But shopping can still
I still love shopping even though I'm a declutterer and a minimalist.
Earlier today I bought a lovely summer top in the Sales. Yes I'm thrilled
because it was half price and I'm looking forward to wearing it tomorrow.
So it's definitely treasure not clutter. Make sure anything you buy this
summer will bring you pleasure and hours of enjoyment.
I'd love to hear your stories and any tips you have about making shopping
work for you. I look forward to receiving your emails.
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Sue Kay works
with a wide range of clients to organise home offices, small businesses,
declutter before a house move, prepare your spare room for a new baby
and organise your wardrobe ready for the new season. If you're selling
your home, she can help you present it clutter-free for the market to
achieve a quick and profitable sale. For practical sympathetic help call
Sue on 07974 076 675 or 020 8444 5149 or check out the website at www.nomoreclutter.co.uk