What are you acquiring?

One of the first exercises (homework) we do in our Support Group is to pay attention to what we acquire over the week. Do you find yourself stopping at Value Village, the Dollar Store or maybe your favourite Shoe Store after a hard day?   Do you pick things up on the side of the road on garbage day or do well meaning friends give you things that you don’t necessarily want or need and it is difficult to say no. What about flyers or pamphlets and other free stuff that is just too hard to resist? It’s amazing how much stuff comes into our homes without our permission or without us really thinking too much about it.

Awareness of what we acquire and how much is usually an area that people who have challenges with clutter can get a handle on very quickly.   Having an awareness of how you feel when you are looking and finding a treasure is very important too. You may be on a high when you are on the hunt or when you have found something that you just know you cannot live without.  Are you able to think in that moment about whether you really want, need or love this item and cannot live without it or does it come home with you only to be left in the bag, tossed in the corner not to be found again for months or even years?

How do you feel, compared to when you acquired the item, to how you feel when you get home.   You may be thinking “oh no, where will I put this” or “I am afraid to look at my balance in my bank account now”.

Pay attention to what you acquire over a week and see what comes up for you. You may be quite surprised!!

About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters’ Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters’ Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories.
I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year.
I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on “De-Cluttering Your Life”, “The Magic of De-Cluttering”, “Space Clearing” or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.

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7 Responses to What are you acquiring?

  1. Oh my goodness Kim you really hit the nail on the head with this one. I must bring in at least 10 new things a day that are clutter. I’ve been trying to take out 15-30 things a week. I’ve been donating, sending things to family, trashing things. it’s crazy. But I fee like I am making headway. Since I’m an organizer I know how to fix my problem. It’s the people who either aren’t aware, don’t know what to do or already so far behind they need help. The very first step is limiting what you bring in. I so believe that now! Thanks so much for a great post!

    • Kimberley says:

      Thanks Autumn, I am so glad you liked it. I sometimes find that my mom wants to give me things and its really hard to say no to her. Its easier to take it and donate it if I really don’t have a need for it.

  2. I once worked with a young woman whose family and friends kept offering her stuff, and she just couldn’t say no. She had maybe 3 printers, 2 popcorn makers, and a lot of other things she really didn’t need. Another source of clutter…

    • Kimberley says:

      Hi Janet, Thanks so much. It is so true isn’t it…it can be hard to say no but if you think about when others say no to you as they have that choice too – and its really okay 🙂

  3. Sabrina Q. says:

    Great reminder! I have been looking at items differently in recent years. I only buy clothes if I absolute love it and it looks good on me. I actually make it a goal to not spend money during the week. It helps the house stay clutter free and the wallet. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. dana says:

    i love this post. the simplicity of just paying attention creates space and mindfulness and then within that open space and awareness, one can begin to change their habits and thus life. xx, dana

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