As a person who tries to be intentional about systematically going through my house to keep the clutter monster at bay, there is another side of the issue that I haven’t often talked about. Stopping the clutter before it even gets into our homes.
I’m frugal. I hate spending money. But I love a good deal.
It’s easy to say yes to things simply because we know that it really is a good deal. And it is. Let’s be honest. But good deal or not, if you don’t need it, there is no point in having it.
Consignment shops are tricky for me. I love shopping at quality consignment shops because I can find good quality clothes for a fraction of the cost. But I have to keep really good tabs on what I really need. Otherwise the good deal bug gets me.
Some people love to garage sale. Or shop ebay. Or dumpster dive. Or Goodwill. Or just a really good sale online or in a retail store. These are absolutely all great ways to save money. If you aren’t careful, the constant good deals end up filling up our house. “I don’t really need this, but it’s such a good deal, I’ll go ahead and get it. Certainly I can find someone to use it.” Next thing you know you are throwing it in a Goodwill pile years later.
Why waste our resources on things that are going to end up in a garage sale in a year at the expense of not meeting our goals or not creating meaningful memories with our family?
I’d rather fill my life up with great memories. Items I know my family will cherish. Needed and useful items. But let the extra stuff go. If that means saying ‘no’ to a good deal, or, gasp, a freebie, then so be it.
If bringing that free thing in my home is going to take my time from something else, than it wasn’t really free. It may not have cost dollars or cents, but it cost you your time. And time is a valuable resource.
Just think. If we hadn’t let all this stuff in our homes in the first place we wouldn’t have nearly so much to declutter now. So this year, not only am I working on clearing out clutter, I’m also stopping short and considering every item I bring into my home. If I can curb the problem before it is ever in my home than so much the better. And, psst, that goes for Valentine’s gifts, too.
Do you find it hard to pass up a good deal even if you don’t really need it?
P.S. I’m guest posting for my friend Bernadette while she is on a family missions trip in Indonesia. Embracing today when the future is unknown has been something I’m clinging to these days.