You may remember your history professor discussing the Industrial Revolution and how it brought along changes in the manufacturing of goods. Items that were acquired from skilled artisans, were now produced on an assembly line; clothes that were handspun, were likewise produced in factory settings. The mass manufacturing process increased the supply of goods and set the trend for purchasing larger quantities. Subsequent technological innovations have continued to change the way we make purchases. With the click of a button, it has become possible to place an array of orders and have them delivered to our door in a short amount of time.
While economic and technological progress has indeed made our purchasing experience a lot easier, finding adequate storage space, for all these purchases, has become challenging. And regardless of our level of organizational expertise keeping packed closets and storage spaces clutter free and neatly arranged can be difficult. Indeed, crammed closets may not be a result of poor organizational skills but can perhaps be attributed to our shopping style. Our habit of stocking up on staples may be necessary to accommodate our hectic schedules, however storing our wares can be challenging. One solution would be to adjust our purchasing style by implementing a mindful shopping approach. You may have heard the concept of mindfulness from your financial advisor or accountant as well. However, their concern is related to your financial situation, whereas the aim of this article is to encourage a clutter free lifestyle. This goal can easily be acquired (no pun intended) by committing to only buying items that are truly needed, preferably for immediate use. This would prevent us from purchasing items for future use which in all likelihood would anyway be out of style within a few months or be shoved to the back of the closet and forgotten.
Another mindful shopping tactic is to organize closet space prior to a shopping spree in order to help determine what needs to be replenished and free up room for new items. This will prevent the purchase of buying duplicates and making superfluous purchases. By adopting a conscious less-is- more philosophy, one can eliminate clutter and keep things neatly organized. Not only will it help you shop smarter but organizing closet space will also have a domino effect on the entire house. Getting rid of items that are not functional will free up space for items that are strewn around the house.
The display of myriad knick knacks and paraphernalia is just so passé and rooms that are decorated with a minimalistic approach offer a contemporary oasis of tranquility and calmness. Discarding things, whether clothing or toys that are no longer useful may be difficult due to their sentimental value. If you ever had the opportunity to help an elderly parent pack up for a move, you may have witnessed firsthand how much one can accumulate, largely for sentimental reasons. The discovery of your third-grade overnight camping trip scrapbook in the back of the closet may indeed cement this realization of how much we hold onto. It is therefore important to remain focused on the benefits of decluttering your home when tackling your outdated things. This will help overcome the tinge of sadness you might feel discarding that scrapbook and will allow you to accept the fact that it will not be present at your child’s artifact exhibition.
Focusing on the positive aspect of eliminating clutter may inspire mindful- shopping- and -decluttering New Year’s resolutions, as well as early “Spring cleaning.” Start now and you will free up prime space just in time for new Chanukah presents.
Not only is streamlining your shopping and decluttering your home important for maintaining a peaceful living environment , it is vital when you are preparing to sell your home. Crammed rooms and overstuffed closets detract from the aesthetics of your house and prevent buyers from seeing beyond the clutter. For assistance in preparing your house for sale or for any real estate related matter feel free to contact me.
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