Do you ever feel like you have too much stuff?
Way too much stuff.
Like you could furnish an entire second story wing without ever leaving home.
Like your basement or attic or garage or 24 out buildings are one step away from an episode of hoarders.
Like all of your stuff is plotting a political overthrow with plans to form a totalitarian government and set up government housing……
…..all without your permission.
Hi, my name is karianne and I’m a stuff-aholic.
I’m starting on my 12-step recovery program.
Step 1: find a “Do Not Buy” word.
A “do not buy” word is like a stop sign when you are thinking about buying something.
Like waving a red flag.
When you hear yourself say it…..it brings a complete halt to any purchase that you were ever thinking about making.
Carmel has a great one.
She’s the one who gave me the idea.
Her “do not buy” word(s) are “this will work.”
When her purchase is a “make-do” or “okay” or “I guess.”
When she doesn’t love it.
Want to know what mine is?
I used it when I bought this shower curtain.
Because this shower curtain was a really, really, really good deal.
Can you believe it? I had seen them so many places and they were $49.99 and $79.99 and $59.99. And then jami told me about this one and I knew it would be perfect for the laundry room.
And they had ruffled curtains and other ruffled shower curtains and ruffled this and ruffled that.
And I am the president of the ruffle fan club.
And I thought….. “Why buy one when I could buy two….or three….or a dozen?”
They are only $19.99.
And that’s where I get into trouble.
Because one ruffled shower curtain at $19.99 is a bargain.
But seven? That’s when the stuff takes over and starts applying to be an independent nation.
So I limited my purchase to one.
One ruffled $19.99 shower curtain.
“Why buy one when I could buy two….or three….or a dozen?”
These are my “Do Not Buy” word(s).
And they worked.
And I took my first step on the road to recovery.
PS Are you a stuff-aholic?
Please tell me you are so we can be friends