067 Frugality and My Clutter Problem Podcast September 17, 2015 By Dana White | 10 Comments 80shares 67 0 13 http://traffic.libsyn.com/aslobcomesclean/podcast67.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Mentioned in this podcast: My Thoughts On Hiring Cleaning Help The blog in e-book form. Or how to read the blog backwards for free. Save Save --Nony Related Posts: Read Newer Post Sometimes It’s OK to Not Get One for Myself Read Older Post Loving the Swiffer Effect
I totally have done the person who was cheap to my detriment. I am learning to pay more for what I want/need. That said, ebay is the devil….I can find what I want, at the price I want, BUT do I really need it?
Probably not as much as I need to pay-off that credit card….
ebay is okay, but watch out for the mailing fees. Don’t buy anything that has “Granny” in the dealer’s name. When you find something you like, go to Amazon and make sure you’re not being ripped off. I have found some real “keepers” on ebay, but I learned a few lessons on the way. I just shared them with you.
Thank you for doing the podcasts. I love listening to them. And this one in particular really resonates with me. I was brought up the same way you were and loved yardsales and clearance aisles. It has been my biggest challenge – balancing a bargain versus clutter. Thanks again for taking the time to share your story and I can’t wait for your new book to come out!
Linda S says
I’m experiencing an ‘AhHa!’ moment here — if given $100 for a shopping spree, I would most likely see how many things I could purchase for that $100. Making a CONSCIOUS choice to purchase one, better quality item that will last and be used makes so much more sense. For some reason it goes against my natural frugal grain, but it’s so much smarter!
And I totally agree, my tendency to get as many things as I can for my $$ means I have more stuff in my home to manage.
This was eye-opening for me. Thank you!
I am in the midst of decluttering my house as you. But I have a back ended problem. As I am getting rid(moving it around) of my “stuff,” I find myself regretting the project not ever getting done and feel like a failure. I feel like I am missing out on the experience of painting that table and all that project would have involved! You know how our creative minds work… I keep coming up against this sentimental pull of a wasted creative moment!! How do I get past this? How to get past the regret of missed creative opportunities? I probably have a couple of lifetimes of projects….
Your insight is invaluable.
Dana White says
Take advantage of time and space freed up by decluttering and daily habits to do one small project. I think this will help you see the joy of having less stuff.
Where can I find your list of daily tasks?
Dana White says
Here it is, Marsha: https://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2010/08/my-daily-checklist-now-with-printable/
Yes! This is a major marital problem in our house. I save plastic bags all the time. He says “clutter kills!”. I say “but if I donate this, they will throw it away! I will continue to use it.” He says “if no one else wants want it it is trash.” But really some things I will use. Probably not all but some. He also say ” while you are dealing with picking up the junk our good things aren’t being taken care of.” (Such as bikes out in the rain.) Ahh!! This is me.
I believe the albatross around the neck metaphor is from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A sailor kills an albatross and the rest of the crew hang the dead bird around his neck for bringing down a curse on them.