I used to be someone who saved things up. A new pair of boots, a box of premium tea, a gift of my favorite perfume – new things got put aside until the ideal occasion. There was a certain pleasure in knowing I had something special waiting for me, for one day.
But often I’d wait too long.
I’d go to wear a new dress, only to find the season, the fashion or my taste had changed.
I’d open an expensive lip gloss, and discover it had started to smell kinda funky.
After enough of these disappointments I realized I was an over-saver – and it wasn’t a smart strategy.
Not only does over-saving deny you the opportunity to use and enjoy your things, it can also contribute to clutter and hoarding.
Are You An Over-Saver?
A little saving up can be a good thing – you get to enjoy the anticipation and the pleasure of using things.
But if you think you might be an over-saver, take this little quiz:
- Do you have clothes in your closet with tags still on?
- Do you have entire drawers filled with unopened skincare or cosmetics?
- Do you continue to use old or broken things, like sunglasses or umbrellas, while new ones languish in the cupboard?
- Do you have gadgets still in the packaging?
- Do you save crockery, glassware or cutlery for special occasions that happen less than once or twice a year?
- Do you have table or bed linen you’ve never used?
- Do you have artwork you’ve never put up? (Note: ‘leaning’ artwork is aesthetically acceptable these days, so don’t let fancy mounting be your excuse.)
- Do you store new appliances in cupboards, while you soldier on using ancient, semi-functioning ones?
- Do you have jewelry or watches that are too good to wear – ever?
If you answered yes to two or more of the above, you’re probably an over-saver. Why not cut clutter and gain pleasure by making the switch – and becoming a user.
Reduce Clutter And Hoarding – Become a User
To become a user, decide that you’ll use new things immediately.
Here are some tips for making the transition from over-saver to user:
- Wear the new outfit, boots, or bag at the first opportunity
- Take new things out of the packaging and place them where you’ll use them (rather than in a storage place)
- When you buy replacements for broken or damaged things, dispose of the old versions immediately
- Decide whether you want to keep a gift, and if you do, start using it right away (if you don’t want to keep it, then donate, re-gift, or discard it)
- Decide to abandon special occasion crockery, glassware or cutlery and have only good quality, everyday tableware
- Start using your saved-up bed linen
- Put your artwork up this weekend – or ‘lean’ it tastefully today
- Dispose of ill-performing appliances and use the new ones
- Wear your nice jewelry/watch next time you go out.
Are you a User, Saver or Over-saver? I’d love to hear your story in the comments!
[Image by BFS Man]