Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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I read the posts in the decluttering challenge and really thought about that alot. I don't have any trouble finding stuff that can "go away". What I have a problem with is not bringing stuff into the house in the first place! I'm a thrift store nut!
So my challenge is: for every 8 items you get rid of (or whatever you're choosing as your goal) every day, add the goal of bringing in only 2 items MAX that day. Or make a maximum for the week so when you donate the week's purge, you only shop once for those handful of items you were allowing yourself to bring home.
I think that would exclude household things, like cleaners, foods, toiletries (stuff you need, not two extra lotions just because you like the smells and want to be entertained by the diversity of choice - hee hee), or stuff you stock up on, like TP, etc.
I'm thinking more along the lines of - you gave away 8 extra toddler shirts that baby didn't need, but baby needs a nice new shirt for visiting Grandma. So you give away the 8 but only bring in 1 replacement item. Or you splurge on new towels after getting rid of the old, but just don't pick up those matching shower curtain rings just 'cos!
So it's the other side of decluttering, which would be the additional goal of not cluttering in the first place! Does that make sense? Anyway I think that's MY real problem.