Do you have a tendency to have way too much stuff in your home, yet you keep purchasing and stuffing your home? Maybe your home needs to slowly go on a diet and some purging is necessary. Start getting rid of old, not needed, not loved stuff.
A cluttered home can give you an unconscious feeling of overwhelm. I always had the feeling that a cluttered home creates a cluttered mind. Now just to be clear, I have a lot of stuff! I am definitely not a minimalist. I love my stuff, but I also like my home to be as neat as possible. Neat and uncluttered gives me such a feeling of calm. Having a place for everything, and everything in it’s place is the secret! How do you have it both ways?
Well, I’m really to the point with so much stuff that I’ve run out of places. So now on the rare occasions when I purchase something new for the home, then something else has to go. Something has to either go to Goodwill, or it is packed away if I can’t bear to get rid of it.
New things only give a temporary boost in your mood and happiness anyway. Not that there is anything wrong with a temporary boost once in a while, but to purchase and purchase just for that temporary boost actually can make you unhappy. You will always see something else that you think you want even more and since you are dependent on that temporary mood boost you keep wanting more.
If you see something, go home and think about it first, decide what thing it is going to replace, and a lot of the time you’ll decide you don’t really need it. Think about purchasing experiences rather than possessions. Put your money toward a family vacation, or a family reunion, or a dinner with good friends. This may feel like it’s not tangible or long lasting, but it is! There is usually very little regret with these purchases and the good feelings and the memories last much longer than that feeling of the temporary happiness boost from buying that new “thing” that you really don’t need.
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