There is more to simplifying your home management than decluttering the things that you no longer need.
I also guide my clients to set up easy to manage systems that work for the way that they live and advise on introducing daily habits that will help to avoid the build of clutter, such as time management and purchasing behaviour.
Once you have achieved your home organisational goals the easiest way to maintain order is to be aware of everything that you have, understanding what you need and creating effective storage so that everything has a place.
The key to changing future purchasing behaviour is to be mindful of the inflow of stuff into your home and being aware of what you already have. This will help you avoid purchasing duplicate items as you can easily find what you need, when you need it.
If you are still decluttering and organising space in your home it’s useful to put each item in one of the following categories as you review it.
- Essential Items – use daily
- Regularly Used Items – you don’t use it every day but regularly i.e. once a week or once a month
- Desired but not needed items – these are items that you purchased as you wanted them rather than needed them
- Archive items – these are items that you do not need to access regularly and need to be stored in a less accessible space in your home such as a loft
Items in category three are much easier to declutter as they have been purchased out of want rather than need. You can consider ways of decluttering these sustainably. This reduces the environmental impact as you keep stuff in circulation, rather than simply storing and not using it in your own home. Consider reselling or donating items that you have purchased but do not need. If you have time you could also calculate how much you have spent on items that you don’t need. Once you are aware of how much you are spending regularly can adjust your spending habits and redirect this money to something that you need to save for or plan a special treat (weekend away, holiday, trip to the theatre etc).
How can I stop buying things that I do not need?
It’s ok to buy a few things that we like but if you feel that you are regularly buying items on impulse that you do not need, I wanted to offer my top tips to support you to adjust your purchasing behaviour. Extra stuff requires space and needs to be managed.
- Inventory: Keeping an inventory check of the things that you own will help you avoid unnecessary impulse duplicate purchases.
- What is Important? Understand what is important to you in your home. You may have a hobby or collect specific items. Be aware of your what you need.
- Create a purchase list: this should include replacement items and new items that you need. When you go shopping you can focus on the items on your need list. Remember that if you purchase a replacement item you need to recycle the item that you are replacing.
- Avoid temptations: If you know that you can’t resist purchasing items on a shopping trip or whilst browsing online you may want to take a break from shopping trips into town or online shopping. Only go shopping if you have a list of what you need.
- Delay a purchase for 5 days: avoiding an immediate purchase to give you time to think about if you really need it and where it will be stored in your home.
Having less stuff means that you have less stuff to manage. Be mindful of the inflow into your home and enjoy a simplified home management.
Let’s keep organising!