Being a professional organizer doesn’t mean you are immune to temptation to buy stuff. Though I’ve shifted priorities over the years to a point where things don’t mean that much to me, there is an occasional urge. Perhaps the only difference between me and most is that I ask myself three questions before even thinking about making a purchase that’s non-essential.
Do I want this responsibility? With the purchase of any item-e.g. clothing, furniture, etc.-comes the task of taking care of it. If it’s an article of clothing, that’s probably not as big of a determining factor. But if it’s a piece of furniture, a kitchen appliance or something else that requires maintenance, it’s important to ask if you really need it and want to take care of it. Or, more importantly, will you take care of it?!
Would I come back tomorrow and make this purchase? How many of your purchases are based on impulse? Maybe you’re in a certain kind of the mood or the ambience of store steers you a certain way. But what if you took a day to think about it? Would you still want to buy it? The next time you see something you want to buy, don’t. Wait a day and then come back. If after a day of thinking you still feel the need to buy that product, do it. More often than not, a waiting period can prevent a lot of unnecessary purchases.
What’s it made of? Better yet, how was it made? The insult to injury when making impulse buys is buying stuff that will not last for the long haul or requires more maintenance than you’re willing to provide. So, look at the label or back of the box to see how the product was made. If you’re unfamiliar with a brand, ask somebody at the store. If they don’t know, then see #2 above and go home and do some research.
You may think these three questions are designed to prevent you from buying new products that are going to take up more space in your home. Perhaps. The real purpose is to ensure that’s what’s in your home are things you really want and are committed to keeping for quite some time.
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