Many of us do it: We get bored; we go shopping. We need a break; we go shopping. We've had a bad day; we go shopping. We feel lonely; we go shopping. It’s a high -- at the time of purchase.
You see a blanket. You don’t need it, and it doesn’t match anything. But you want it so you buy it anyway. And a throw pillow to match. Before you know it, you’re back in your nest. They get stored in a corner because you have no place for them. You have just created clutter.
How many times have you gone to Target for a few items and come out with over $100 in “stuff”? (Is it possible to leave Target without having done so?) But how many lipsticks do you really need or use? Towels? Sheets? Books you’ll never read? Food you’ll never prepare? Clothes you’ll never wear? Look at the clutter you are creating.
When considering a purchase, take a moment to ask yourself: Do I really need this? Does it make my heart sing? What if I wait? Where will I put it? If you don’t have a place for it, perhaps you don’t need it.
”We're constantly being bombarded with advertisements that try to convince us that a happy life is all about having the latest stuff: a new car, an outdoor kitchen, an ice cream maker. But studies have shown, over and over (and my own experience has borne out) that it isn't the things in our lives that make us happy: it's our experiences that we treasure most. So the next time you're tempted to buy more stuff, ask yourself if the money wouldn't be better spent on a vacation or a nice night out. Bonus: you won't have to find a space for these things in your cabinets.” http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-10-commandments-of-a-clutterfree-life-211599 I couldn’t agree more.
If you have a clutter problem, you might want to take a look at your shopping habits. Shop with mindful awareness to avoid falling into the shopping = clutter trap.
People think organizers must be very organized at home, and some are. But many of us face the same pressures you do to keep things together. For example, my place is currently out of control. And when that happens, I tend to let it get worse and then experience anxiety over the state of things.
There's just one thing to do: put on my big girl panties and do something about it! Today, despite nice weather and the call of more interesting things to do, will be devoted to cleaning and organizing. Tomorrow, laundry. And the payoff will be an anxiety-free Monday, starting the week off on the right foot.
I am reminded of my own advice: Try not to let things get out of control in the first place. Put things away, and don't let things stack up. Just 15 minutes of straightening up a day can make a vast difference. Keep that snowball from taking you down!
So off I go, making my bed and delving into dust and other messes.