I am curious. What are your shopping habits?
Are you the type of person who goes to the grocery store or the department store with a list of things to purchase and sticks with it? Or, are you the type of person who goes without a list and has no idea what you are going to purchase and just "sees what happens"?Did you know that the latter choice is one of the contributors to clutter?
Interestingly enough, I have found that most men are the type that go to the store, get what they need and leave. They tend not to be the brousing type. I know there are exceptions. Not to stereo-type but when it comes to sports equipment, cars, motorcycles tools or other hobby-related items, you might just catch them brousing in a store and coming home with more than they intended.
Women, on the other hand, are generally "shoppers" in the true sense of the word. For the most part, they are the ones that come home with items they had no intention of purchasing when they first entered the store. Whether its food, clothing, decorative items, they fall victim to the enticement of those "bright, shiny objects".
Remember, a deal is only a deal if it is going to save you money on an item you use. Don't use a coupon on an item you don't use just because you have a coupon.
These days, it is especially easy to shop "without intent", thanks to the internet. We are bombarded with pop-up ads and can easy brouse a site of interest. Before we know it, UPS is at our door with items we chose simply by clicking a few buttons. Painless, right? It might not be painless at first, but over time, these purchases can become clutter.
I cannot tell you how many times my clients complain about having "too much stuff" and the feeling of overwhelm. A lot of times, it has to do with purchasing items without intent.
I coach my clients to set healthy boundaries for the items they possess and how to make smart, intentional choices so that clutter can be eliminated and balance can return to the home.
With the holidays quickly approaching, we will all be doing more shopping. Do yourself a favor. Shop with intent and keep the clutter at bey.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with your clutter and don't know where to begin, I can help. I will bring balance back to your home so you can enjoy what you do have and what makes sense to keep.
In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!