My husband and I work hard to manage our inventory but at times we still suffer from “stuff creep”. Before we know it, the closets have stuff. Drawers have stuff. The garage has stuff. It may be organized stuff, but we still have stuff.
When you have too much stuff, you tend to have a hard time making a decision on what to use or what to wear. You can get overwhelmed with the data and trying to make a choice gets difficult if not impossible. You may not make a new decision at all or you go with the routine because you can’t find what we are looking for. So you wear the same outfits, same jewelry, same shoes. You may never wear that fabulous silk scarf that somehow got stuffed in the back closet floor, the cool Coach wedge sandals found at a resale shop or the replica Chanel handbag picked up at a yard sale. It can happen.
I am not a professional organizer but I have several friends and colleagues who are and they are fabulous! Someday I may need their assistance, but until then I keep them on my “go-to” list for others. I’d like to think Mike and I are at a baseline functioning capacity, and just like routine flossing prevents tartar build-up and bad breath, we needed a routine to keep our stuff at bay. So several years ago we created a routine method to prevent “stuff creep.”
Our easy method is “one thing in – two things out.” Regardless of what you bring in the house, for every one thing you bring in, two things must go out to donations or be recycled, regifted, repurposed or hey, just trashed. No negotiations. No delaying the movement. If the movement ratio increases to 1:3, more power to us! This last Saturday, I brought in three pairs of shoes and two dresses. I’m almost embarrassed to say I moved out nine pairs of shoes, two dresses, two framed and matted pictures, four stainless steel bowls and two purses. I experienced quite a net loss in stuff and that moved the ratio from 1:2 to almost 1:4. Woo hoo!
So, think about testing this method when managing your own household inventory to keep the inevitable stuff creep at bay. It’s a true glory to see two empty spots in the closet happily awaiting new shoes.
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