Photo is a very clean dinner table set up before a legendary Christmas Party with some very old friends.
I love efficiency. I always love figuring out the most efficient way of doing things. Whether it be packing for an overseas trip or simply figuring out a better way of cleaning the sink, I am all about efficiency.
However, I also love stuff. Too often, I'm tempted to buy things that eventually turn out to be unnecessary. In my quest to be efficient, I tend to buy many products that seem to make things more efficient but in truth, don't. You stop being efficient because you now have too much stuff. This real
Whenever I'm confronted with the urge to buy a new item, I now put myself through a 5-stage process to ensure that what I'm buying, I really need.
1. I sell off the items in that same class which the new item will be replacing.
I try to do this for bags and clothes. I sell off or donate items in the same class. If I plan to buy a new bag, I get rid of the one I'm currently using. This way, I notice if what I'm buying is really going to be a good replacement. If I've eliminated the old item and I don't really notice it's gone, I realization hit me last year when I decided to try to become a minimalist and started selling off redundancies in my things. I am still in the process of selling off things I no longer need but every once in awhile, I get the urge to buy something new
2. I clean my room. This goes hand in hand with item #1; once I've gotten rid of the old thing, I clean up my room and notice the space that the old thing has previously occupied. I notice that whatever I sold off took up so much space and my room is better without it in my life.
3. I set money aside for the new thing. Buying new things are luxuries. Most of the time, I want to buy a 3rd pair of sneakers or another bag for Airsoft. I know these are luxury items and that I shouldn't be spending on them in the first place. So what I do is I save up to double the value of the thing, taken from extra money I save each month. This ensures that I don't have the money right away and that I'm not cutting into essential expenses like food or gas bills.
4. I ask other people's advice.
Everyone has an opinion about everything, it helps to ask them what their thoughts are on that item you are eying. It helps me look at the item through the eyes of someone who doesn't really want it. What are their thoughts on it? Do they think it performs the advertised function? Talking to people who don't want the item allows for objectivity and honesty.
5. I make a decision and stick with it. By this point, I've set aside a lot of money, cleared my room of unnecessary stuff, and have a better opinion of whether I truly want that item. Most of the time, I don't want that item and I just set aside the money I've saved and go on with my life. You have to realized that more than half the time, you don't need what you want, it was just really well advertised.