Stuff Doesn’t Bring You Happiness

You know it’s true, accumulating more stuff won’t make you happy. But for some reason, more stuff keeps making its way into your home.

Once stuff gets into your home, it is more difficult to get rid of it. To change the pattern of continuously accumulating and decluttering, you need to be more mindful about what you allow to enter your home in the first place.

10 Tips to Avoid Accumulating Stuff

1. Don’t accept freebies or giveaways.

Just because something is free, doesn’t mean you should take it. That tote bag is probably just going to take up space in your closet. And is that stress ball relieving any stress or is it just taking up space on your desk?

2. Say “no thanks” when family or friends offer you something of theirs.

Most people offer you a thing because they think it will be useful to you. It is not offensive to let them know that you don’t need it. If you feel bad about saying no, you can always tell them that you want to go home and think about it and you will let them know if you decide to take it later.

3. Unsubscribe from emails encouraging you to shop.

An email with a great advertisement and an enticing coupon can convince anybody that they need something that they don’t. Unsubscribe from these emails and you will save money by not buying things you don’t need. When you go shopping for an item that you need, you can simply visit the store’s website for a coupon.

4. Collect memories, not souvenirs.

People collect souvenirs so they can remember their vacation but memories aren’t held in an object. 

5. Avoid browsing stores. 

Shopping as a hobby is a sure way to add clutter to your home at a fast pace. Been there, done that! Check out Alternatives to Retail Therapy for some suggestions for alternative ways to spend your time.

6. Resist the urge to get the next new thing. 

Something new comes out all the time. It always seems super cool and something that you must get. Don’t fall for it. The new thing might make you feel cool for a little, but it won’t be long until the next new thing is here and your thing is obsolete. 

7. Drop hints for an experience gift.

Instead of asking for more stuff for birthdays or holidays, give people experience gift ideas that you would be interested in. Event tickets or memberships are offered at many places and make perfect gifts. 

8. Find a way to treat yourself without buying objects.

Sometimes after a long week or a bad day, we feel like giving ourselves a little treat. Instead of buying another object to add to your home, consider some other options. A bubble bath, going out for ice cream, or taking a walk are all ways to treat yourself without the risk of adding clutter.

9. Only buy what you need for the present. 

When making purchases make sure you are buying something for who you are now. Stop buying stickers if you are no longer scrapbooking. In contrast, don’t buy a pair of jeans three sizes too small in the hopes that you may fit into them someday. Buying stuff based on who you were in the past or who you think you will be in the future will lead to unused items sitting around your house. 

10. Don’t buy something just because it is on sale. 

Sale signs used to catch my attention and lure me in every time. However, a sale only saves you money if you were intending to buy that item in the first place.

If you enjoyed reading this, you might also enjoy reading Stop Clutter Before it Starts and Rethink Your Needs and Avoid Clutter.