With the Winter, comes my slight addiction to Ebay shopping. It arrives in the form of clothes, and I can easily justify buying several tops, or a cute dress, if I am paying no more than the price of a cup of coffee and a muffin for each. Never mind that I don’t usually buy a cup of coffee and a muffin, but if I wanted to, I would imagine that it would cost no more than paying for an inexpensive dress on Ebay – which means that I am actually saving money, and is completely justified for some reason that I am not quite sure of.
But, if I bought a cup of coffee and a muffin, they wouldn’t need space in my closet, and, considering I only have 53 hangers in my closet, when my Ebay purchase takes me to number 54, I have a problem.
You see, we can’t organize and declutter if we don’t have a place to put everything. So, no matter how much I stare at number 54, a new coat hanger doesn’t materialize, and I still have nowhere to put that delicious, pre-loved, silky top. I can’t buy just one coat hanger at the shops, and even if I could, there is absolutely no more room in my closet.
This is the sort of thing that gets us into a pickle. Before we know it, we have too many clothes, too much mail, or too many widgets, and nowhere to put them. It’s not that we don’t have the space, it’s just that our space is already full.
So, what do we do? Me? Because I don’t want to spend my life staring at number 54 sitting on my chair (and I am not buying any more coat hangers) I decided to go through my closet and donate at least one thing (I ended up donating seven, so that was good, which also means (if my math is right) I can buy six more things on Ebay…..). You? Find homes for what you already have, don’t use your floor as a storage unit, count your coat hangers, and try buying a cup of coffee and a muffin instead of a new widget.
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