I'm not sure if it's New Years resolutions or if it people are starting to realize the impact of clutter, but so many people are decluttering lately and I LOVE IT! Once you get rid of those unloved and unused items the other trick is to not let the clutter build up again.
A few months back I created a 30 day challenge for myself. For 30 days I purchased only essential items. So what did that mean for me? It meant no take-out food or beverages, no meals out, nothing for the kids unless they needed it, no extras at the grocery store, no clothes, no activities that cost money, etc, Essential purchases only for 30 days. Here is what I found:
- I was surprised how many times I went to grab for something then thought "do we need that?" and the answer was "no".
- I was shocked at how much money we saved.
- There is a lot of free things to do out there!
- No member of my family went without or missed not buying those extra things.
- I felt proud to not emotionally shop.
- It taught me to be more concious about my purchases moving forwar. If we don't love it or need it, we don't add it to our home.
Want to take the challenge? Give it a try. I would love to hear what your experience was like!