Do you remember when you first moved into your home? It was tidy; it was organized, and just perfect! But, somewhere, somehow, things got a little hectic, a little messy, and now it’s just chaos everywhere. You open a cupboard and have to hope things don’t fall out at you. Finding clothes to wear every morning has become such a difficult task, that you look forward to leaving your home. You’re probably thinking “how did it get so bad in the first place?” We’ll be honest; it doesn’t matter how your home got into a messy state. What is important is that you want it to change and you’re willing to change it. If you want to be FREE of your clutter, all you have to do is follow these four easy steps:
It all starts with you. What you’ll have to do is FIGHT the urge to buy things you don’t need. This is really difficult because we’re tempted to buy things whenever we go to a shop, supermarket, or a local garage sale.
The easiest way to do this is by writing out a list every time you know you’re going to head out to get a few essentials. Follow your list and avoid buying anything that is not on your list. This way you’ll stop adding clutter to your home because you would have broken the buying cycle that you somehow got pulled into.
Now, it’s time for you to go through your home to REDUCE the clutter you already have. Everyone has their own methods on how to decrease what they have in their home. If you have a method then use it. But, if you don’t, then we suggest that you split things into piles:
Once you’re done with your piles, get rid of the items that you no longer need. You will need to be ruthless and brutal if you want to get the clutter out. Be brave!
Now, you managed to break the cycle and you’ve sorted out your home. How can you stop this from happening again?
You need to ESTABLISH what you need and when you need it. Let’s say you have a wedding coming up and you have to get dressed up. Go through your closet. Do you have the things readily available or do you need to go shopping to get something to wear? How important is the wedding? Are the people close enough for you to go out of your way to get all dolled up? So, you have to go shopping, remember to write a list of what you need to get, and ideally, check out a few outfits online before you go to the shop. This way, you would have established exactly what you want and won’t settle for anything less than that. You won’t buy excessively trying to match things up.
So, you fought, you reduced, and you established, now, it’s time for you to EMPHASIZE. You need to tell the difference between quality and quantity. We’re humans and natural bargain hunters. We fall for the "sale" trap which leads to over buying. By listing what you need and looking online for what you want before you go out, you’ll be emphasizing that you don’t want to fall for marketing strategies.
We won’t lie and say this will be easy, it will be difficult, and you’ll want to buy things. But, stick to it, and you’ll see just how well fighting, reducing, establishing, and emphasizing (FREE) works.
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