We have been in a decluttering frenzy over the last month and so this week is all about decluttering.
When it comes to successful decluttering, one of the most important things to remember is not to replace what you get rid of with more clutter.
However, it’s not always easy to recognise clutter when you see it. Standing at the cash register, ready to part with your hard earned cash, you’re sure you really need it or really want it. But then it gets used once or twice before it goes into the cupboard to collect dust.
The seven and a half million books we have from our cashed up days are a testament to this.
So here are three speed bumps that I use to prevent impulse buys and stop the clutter before it enters our house:
- Never purchase something without going away and thinking about it for at least one day. You will almost always change your mind, realise you don’t need it, find it cheaper somewhere else, borrow it from the library or find a substitute.
- Ask yourself: “What will my life be like if I don’t purchase this?” This is a powerful question to ask yourself because 99% of the time you will realise that life won’t be better if you make that purchase.
- Ask also: “What is the opportunity cost of this purchase?” What will you miss out on if you do buy that thing you have your eye on. This comes back to knowing what your savings goals are, both long term and short term.
That doesn’t mean to say that I never impulse buy, but these three habits help reduce the impulse spending and as a result, limit the clutter in our home (or it would if I stopped collecting bubble wrap, but that’s another story).
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.