Friday, August 20, 2010

Buying Two: The Wastefulness of Clutter

Since we were nearly done with our big cleaning project, we decided to go ahead and expand our reach a little by pulling out things from our dreaded "Storage Closet." We have turned one of our closets into long-term storage and it is filled with boxes.

I was a little upset when I pulled out a box with a collectible and said, but we already have this in the other room. Sure enough, we had bought the same collectible twice. One we put away in storage and one we put on display.

That's the problem with having too much stuff. The stuff that is put away may be forgotten and we'll buy it all over again.

We don't have that sort of money to waste.

We'll try selling it on eBay but we may not make the money back since people can still buy it new. We'll almost certainly end up losing money.

It's maddening.

It's also why we started this project.

Sometimes when you get too much stuff, you end up not remembering stuff that you have. It's been nice to pull stuff out and it is almost like it is new to me.

It's also be rather discouraging. I shouldn't be surprised to find we own something.

If you are like me and you have a lot of stuff stored deep in closets or boxes (or worse, storage containers), I highly recommend going through this stuff from time to time. Decide what you really need to keep, and keep a better inventory of the stuff you have.

This will keep you from wasting your money and rebuying an item and also make it easier for you to find when you need it.

I'd also suggest you get rid of a lot of stuff. However, since this is the part which I have the most difficulty with, I will understand if this is a struggle. It certainly is in this household.

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