Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party. -Jimmy Buffett
While most of us no longer live as “Hunter/Gatherers”, we still find ourselves drawn by the thrill of the hunt. How many times have you decided to go shopping because you wanted to cheer yourself up or reward yourself, or you were bored?
Shopping can be a lot of fun: looking for just the right thing at just the right price can be exciting . . . until you get home and have to find a place to store it, or you realize it doesn’t go with anything else, or you get the bill and have to pay for it.
So, what are other ways you could enjoy the feeling of acquiring stuff without actually facing the consequences of overloading your space?
- Select a charity, see what needs they have, find something within your budget, buy it and donate it.
- Take photographs of your finds and leave them there. You will still be able to look at them and they won’t be in your way.
- Look through the stuff in your house and think of a person or organization that could use it more than you and give it away. It’s a win-win solution of seeking, finding, decluttering and meeting the needs of others.
One thing I have learned to do is really check the cupboards before I go shopping. This past weekend I saw several recipes for mini meals that can be made in muffin tins. I thought it would be a great idea and decided to grab a set of large muffin tins on my next grocery run. Before I went shopping, I searched through my baking dishes and found a set of NEW muffin tins. I was very happy to save money and space by using what I had on hand.
Do you ever shop your own shelves? How does it work for you?
Looking forward to less clutter,