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The one regret I haven't heard when decluttering with clients

Updated: Jan 15

As I help clients sort through their items (some of which have sat unused for years), there is one thing I don't hear them say: "I wish I had bought more...".

I'm going to say this and you might not like what I have to say - the way to prevent more clutter is to STOP buying so much stuff.

We buy items as presents because it's someone's birthday and it's expected to give presents but we have no idea what to get them so we go to the store and a salesperson helps us buy something we have no idea if the birthday person ever uses or even likes what we got for them. We flip out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales because we can save money on items - but are those items things we actually need or will use five months from now?

I can go on but you get the idea.

One of the best practices on the decluttering journey is to become mindful. Mindful of how we spend our money, how we give, and how we receive.

So I offer you an alternative to rushing around trying to get all the presents for all the people. Why not try this - reach out to the people on your list and find out what they really want or what they really need. What would make them happy? Sure, maybe it's the latest air fryer but maybe it's they would just like to meet up with you after the holidays for a nice dinner or maybe there is a charity they really would love you to donate to.

I hope this helps you on your decluttering journey.

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