For years now, I've prided myself on my ability to save money by buying ahead. I've stocked up on laundry detergent, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, juice boxes, cereal, crackers, and my kids' clothes.
But as I walked through Target the other day, I found myself reluctantly perusing the clearance rack in the boys' section. And I realized that my reluctance stemmed from not wanting to buy something just to stick it in the closet for a few months or even a year.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I've discovered that a clutter-free house is easy to clean - and that has made me averse to bringing things into the house, especially if they're not consumable but sometimes even when they are.
Don't get me wrong - I'm still a bargain hunter, and I'm still stocking up. But only on those things I am absolutely confident we will use up - things like toilet paper, facial tissue, and OxiClean, and only enough for a few months at most. I've been passing on deals on things I'm not completely 100% positive we'll use up - things like cereal, mouthwash, and even toys.
I've also been making an effort to use up what we have, and to get rid of things we don't need or won't use. I think my house feels better without all these extra things in it. And I know I feel better having less clutter around!
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