I am writing this piece on a quite Sunday morning while my sister, Joan, is volunteering at our church’s annual Holiday Fair. Around my area at this time of year there are an abundance of Holiday Fairs. All are looking to raise money for a worthy cause. As sure as I am sitting here at my computer I can guarantee Joan will come home with some ‘cutesy’ little things someone one has made and she just had to have. Things are just crying out “buy me!” and you do, without any thought of who or what you are going to do with the item.
When you purchase an item at a fair or in a store without planning and knowing who or what you are going to do with the item only adds to your clutter confusion. So here are a few tips on not adding to the clutter.
1. Set a budget for your seasonal spending,
2. Create a list of who you need to buy a gift and how much you want to spend,
3. When going to a fair determine how much you will spend and stick to it,
4. Do not buy cutesy things unless you know the recipient will want and use it,
5. Do not buy items just because it is: cute, on sale, and you will find someone to give it to.
I know fairs are worthy causes, but I cannot tell you how many; sweaters, mittens, hats, and other ‘cutesy’ things I have in the basement, in bins, waiting for my sister to find worthy recipients. Just avoid being caught up in the moment of the holiday season and buy, buy, and buy some more without a plan for the purchases.
I do give my sister kudos, because she always seems to find the cutest things and to her credit she always finds the most appropriate recipient for the items – it might take a few months or years but the items always find a good home.