What happens when you need to replace something?
Does this sound like you? You need a new X because your existing X has worn out/broken/cracked/gone baggy/has shrunk in the wash. Your natural inclination is to replace X with Y, but to keep X because:
- I can use it in the garden
- I can wear it around the house
- I can keep it as a spare
- It might come in handy
No! Unless you are seriously into home decorating, gardening or DIY, the likelihood of using/wearing X again is negligible.
Let it go by following the one in, one out rule
Establish this principle: When you bring a new item into the house, an old one has to go. This is the ‘one in, one out’ rule.
Gone for Good
There are some fantastic initiatives that support the ‘one in, one out’ approach. My local independent underwear shop accepts pre-worn bras, which are then donated for charity. Old books are very welcome at the second-hand not-for-profit book store. Charity shops will often accept all sorts of miscellaneous items, some of which can be sold immediately in your local store. Tap into local initiatives because there’ll certainly be a way for you to pass on your no-longer-needed items and you’ll do some good in the process.
If you’re well on the road to living a fuller life with less, this rule will help you avoid the trap of ‘re-filling’ your home with more stuff.
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