In helping people organize their things and lives, I’m reminded of some advice I once heard from a financial advisor. In response to a client who was feeling not so great about her state-of-affairs, she offered the following:
“There are basically three approaches to saving. You can work more. You can save more. Or you can want less.”
In absorbing this sage advice, it occurred to me that it applies to many things–including organizing your home.
Let’s face it. You can put the systems and instruments in place for people to be better organized but it means nothing if they don’t actually want to change. This advice puts it in plain English what changing or not changing means.
So, if you like designer clothing, buy a designer suit or dress once or twice a year. But avoid those impulse, “just got a bargain” purchases, which probably grade under eight. Those items can actually add up to more than the designer clothes over time.
Here’s another tactic. Let’s say you like antiques in your home. Great! Set a budget both on how much you want to spend and the places where you can showcase those items. Say you only have space for 10 things. If you have 10 things already, then sell your 10th favorite item to fund your next purchase.
Part of how we end up with more stuff than we know what to do with is not buying stuff we really, really like. It’s the things we like.Perhaps most important of all. Wanting less makes it far easier to be happy with what you do have. Honest.
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