At Closet & Storage Concepts of Philadelphia, we’re experts at designing, manufacturing, and installing all kinds of custom storage systems. We help you find creative storage solutions, and that includes finding strategies for stopping clutter at the source. One way to do this is by stopping unwanted purchases. Here are some of our best tips.
Shop For Necessities Only
Avoid stores unless you’re going out for items you need like food. Staying away can help you avoid impulse buys and the temptation to buy more. Replace the time you would spend walking around the mall by playing with your kids or at the gym if you use going to the mall as your excuse to get moving.
Question the Item
Simply asking if you need the item can help you stay honest and prevent impulse purchases. For example, do you need another black shirt or new spatula if your current one will do? If you do end up purchasing it, be sure to give away the old item that it will be replacing right away. This way you can prevent overcrowded drawers and shelves.
Jump Start an Organizing Session
Going through to see how much you already have can inspire you to stay organized. While you’re at it, make sure the systems and storage you have in place keep you motivated to prevent purchases you don’t need. If your storage systems aren’t up to par, take some time to plan a better solution. Maybe a built-in would be better to house your items. If this is the case, it’s time to bring in the experts at Closet & Storage Concepts in Philadelphia. Our expert designers and craftsmen are here to help.
Make a List
If you do see items that could use an upgrade (think new underwear), make a list and stick to it. By taking inventory, you’ll know the items that you already have so you can skip the major ‘deal’ you see. When going to the stores, make sure focus your time on finding the items you need – don’t stray. Straying can “magically” cause items you don’t need to end up in your shopping basket.
Make a Test Challenge
Challenge yourself to a not spend any money on items unless they’re for the necessities (mortgage or rent, utilities, food, etc.). A one- to six -month test is usually a good start. This type of test will help you develop a habit of being more mindful of what you spend and bring into your space.
Stopping impulse purchases can be a long journey, but once you do you’ll be able to plan for proper storage and your wallet and your home will see the benefits! For more tips, be sure to check out our other articles.
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