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Why do you buy things?

It’s an interesting question that has a whole lot of answers. It’s also a question that, when you dive deep enough, can bring up LOTS of emotions.

Every time we buy something, it sticks with us in one way or another. If it’s food, it may stick with us by increasing (or decreasing) the health of our bodies. If it’s an experience, the memory may stay with us forever. Clothes may be worn for a bit, but then live at the back of our closet for years.

It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes:



The same is true for your home. Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of home that you live in.

So – how can we make it so that our homes reflect what we really want?

Here are some of my favorite questions to ask:

Do I REALLY want/need this? 

Trent over at The Simple Dollar really likes the ten second rule. When you’re at the store and pick something up, hold it in your hand for ten seconds. Think about if you really need it. If your enthusiasm wanes after ten seconds, consider putting it back.

If you wait ten seconds and it’s something you still think you want but may not be essential, move on. I often tell myself that if it’s THAT important, I will still want it by the end of the shopping trip. And guess what? Most of the time I don’t.

Where will this go?

Is there space in your home for this item, or will you just throw it on the pile of clutter on your table? Make sure that there’s space. Or, if it is replacing an old or worn item, make sure that item gets placed in your permanent donation space ASAP.

How will this make my life better?

If it won’t make your life better, does it really need to come home with you?

These are all great questions to ask yourself when it comes to adjusting what comes into your home – and what can stay out for good.


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