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How to Reduce Clutter in November

How can you reduce clutter in November and future months? I'm going to be harsh, dear readers, but it's tough love. If you already have too much clutter, that's an issue for another day. What I suggest doing NOW to STOP adding more CLUTTER is to take a good hard look at your consumer habits. What are you buying and bringing home? No judgment, G-d forbid. I'm not peeking into your shopping cart or your online order.

My question to you is, are you buying something you really NEED? Or is it something "on-sale", something cute that caught your eye, something you didn't know existed until you saw it while you were scrolling? An eye-catching ad or display at the mall?

My first suggestion is to be MINDFUL of your purchases. Do you NEED it? Distinguish between WANTS and NEEDS. Many things are impulse buys.

For those of you who can take this up a notch, once you've practiced mindfulness, put yourself on a spending freeze. Try it for a week. For the braver, try for two.

BUY ONLY consumables such as food, medication refills, diapers, etc. If XYZ item is broken or needed, such as all the boots from last season need replacing, replace them because you NEED them.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be here before you know it. Retailers and marketers will be doing their utmost to get you to spend your hard-earned money. As I mentioned above, much impulse buying takes place during this season.

If you take time now in November, to practice buying the consumables you need, you'll have more confidence for December (and beyond) and its tantalizing merchandise.

That my dear readers, is my suggestion. It may take a little practice, as all new habits do. You will save money, avoid buyer's remorse, and cut down on clutter.

Flex those mindfulness muscles. You can do it!

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