Avoiding Clutter Situations

Avoiding Clutter Situations

Family Organization, Ann Gambrell, Clutter, Avoiding ClutterYes, there ARE ways to avoid bringing more “stuff” into your life. Be it your home, work place, car, etc.

Here are a few thoughts to consider. Choose one and work on it.  Then consider another idea. Enlist a caring friend to aid you in this project.

Staying away from:

  1. Garage & rummage sales
    Most of what is being sold there are items you already have or do not need. Go home, think about it and if you really need it, and have space for it…return the next day. First tip? Drive right by the sale. If it is a church or charity event, make a donation instead.
  2. Swap meets
    These are easier to avoid, as they are not so easy to locate as garage sales in every neighborhood. If you do go there, use the same tactics as in the garage sales.
  3. Discount stores…EG: 99 Cent stores, Big Lots, etc.
    Agreed, there are some really good bargains, I must admit. However, do shop with a list and not just wandering down every aisle tempted by sale signs.
  4. Department store sales
    Do you really need it…or just shopping to use a great discount coupon? Remember…one item in means one item out. Buying a blouse means replacing one.

Avoid situations:

  1.  Accepting give away items from others.
    Be prepared with a courteous refusal: “I appreciate your offer, but I do not need it.” “It’s very nice/pretty, useful, etc. but I do not have room for it.” I am trying to cut back. “Thank you anyway”
  2.  Shopping with “Clutter Prone” individuals.
    Decline the invite and suggest a lunch date or a movie instead.
  3. Newspaper ads.
    Avoid reading the advertising pages if you are prone to getting caught up in getting a bargain. Grocery store ads can be dangerous as they promote “Buy one and get one free or half off.” Results? A kitchen full of excess foods & paper products.  Worse yet? Too much food wasted due to overloaded refrigerator/freezer. Money wasted not saved!
Authored by: Ann Gambrell

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country. Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. View Ann's Profile on LinkedIn

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