It is one of the unspoken laws of the universe… Things come into a house much more easily than they go out. The tide can turn, however, if you understand the full force of your actions and change the course of your behavior accordingly.
Think before you purchase. The term, caveat emptor, should take on a whole new dimension for many with shopping issues. Let the buyer beware of not only purchasing defective goods but useless or superfluous ones as well.
An incredible steal will never translate into a great bargain if it is brought home, thrown in a closet and promptly forgotten. By definition, you just bought yourself a heap of clutter.
Rather than constantly giving in to shopping impulses, pause and ask yourself if you really need it or, more importantly, if you really want it. Take it one step further and decide exactly where you are going to put it once you get it home. If the answer is an overstuffed drawer or the like, then reconsider your choices.
Another option would be to make a conscious decision to get rid of those belongings that no longer have perceived value. They take up premium space that could be used more wisely.
Actions have consequences. A prudent amount of self-control will lead to desired results. By figuring out a few of the ins and outs, you can lay down your own laws and take command of your own universe.
For more information on this topic, visit How to Stop Shopping: Curbing Spending Habits by Monica Jamer for Today’s Mama.