Have less stuff.
That’s not a joke. The reason why people have difficulty organizing their things is not for lack of effort or intelligence. You simply have more things than storage space.
What makes this situation worse lies in our obsession with shopping. If you have too much stuff, yet you continue to shop, how do you expect to get things under control in your home? It’s a simple math equation: you can’t continue to add unless you subtract.
Consider this staggering fact. In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, that figure is 30 outfits. That’s one for every day of the month.
Perhaps that explains another disturbing stat: the average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the average family, that represents 3.5 percent of their expenses. While the percentage of family expenses might not seem extreme–particularly if you have growing children–the real question lies in what percentage of those purchases were actually necessary.
So what’s the fix? Shopping less is a start and that’s starts with a change of mindset. For example, don’t use shopping as a sort of “retail therapy” to make you feel better about yourself.
Do laundry more often. Many shopping sprees start because you think you have nothing to wear when, in fact, you have plenty, it’s just in the laundry.
Switch your focus from saving money on individual items and buying quality items that will last a long time and give you pleasure. Instead of buying 19 cheap tops at H&M and Target, invest in three beautiful blouses that give you a thrill when you wear them and will last for several years.
The next time you go out shopping for no particular reason, stop and think how that makes you feel. Think about your closet, drawers, attic and anywhere else you are storing clothes. Are they full? How is your shopping affecting you financially? Is it a drain on your bank account and causing stress in other areas of your life?
Then, instead of going out, visit your closet or drawers and make a little game of it. Go through your belongings, pretending you are moving. Then, as you go through each items, ask would this thing be worth packing, boxing up, loading into a truck, driving three thousand miles and then unpacking again? Make a “no” pile and then bag it and either donate it or throw it out.
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