Big Bad Excuses for Clutter Cop-Out from The Family Manager’s Everyday Survival
• Everyone has one, so I must need one, too. Or the opposite: it’s unique, so I’ve got to have (or keep) it.
• It may come in handy someday.
• I’ll keep it until I find someone to give it to.
• I don’t have time to sort through my stuff.
• If I get rid of things, I’m throwing money away.
• I don’t know where to start.
Points to Ponder
• Buy things because they are useful, not because a Madison Avenue ad exec says they’ll make you prettier, smarter, in the know, or in the flow.
• Refuse to be propagandized by the purveyors of modern gadgetry.
• Look with a healthy skepticism at all “buy now, pay later” schemes.
• Develop a habit of giving things away.
• Learn to enjoy things without owning them.