The Clutter Fairy Weekly #212

Mindful Shopping: Don’t Let Retail Therapy Add to Your Clutter

Shopping is a source of entertainment, fun, and relaxation for many people. But “retail therapy” becomes a problem if it contributes to the clutter in our homes. In episode #212 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, explores the perils of “retail therapy” and offers strategies for bringing mindfulness, balance, and care to our shopping habits.

Content in this episode is based on the results of audience surveys.

Some content in this episode is based on results of a survey of our audience.

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Weekly Tittle

The Weekly Tittle is an exercise designed to focus your attention on a specific space, aspect, or challenge of decluttering and organizing your home. We assign a new tittle in each webcast/podcast, then check on your progress the following week.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Declutter Shopping

This week’s assignment is to clear one or more items of shopping-related clutter from your space:

  • Do you have a return waiting to go back to a store? Make a plan and get that task done this week.
  • If you have a shopping bag that hasn’t been unpacked in your pantry or closet, it’s time to tackle that chore.
  • If you’re planning a retail-therapy session this week, take a few minutes to make a list and set a spending limit before you hit the stores or go online. Decide in advance how much you’ll allow your retail therapy to cost you.
  • If none of the situations above apply to you, take a look around your house for a previous purchase that you now regret. Recycle, donate, or give away that item!

For the full discussion of this week’s tittle, watch the Weekly Tittle segment on YouTube.

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