It’s okay – you can breathe.
“But why would anyone ever want to downsize their ginormous mound of useless goods!?”
Because less is more. Greed is a poison that constantly needs fueled.
Are you someone who has their house “organized” like this: Pasta sauce in under the kitchen sink, Pop-Tarts are in the linen closet, juices are in my bedroom, toilet paper is under my sons beds, etc…?
Or, maybe you have a clean, organized shelving unit(s) in your basement.
Either way–get rid of some of it. Donate it. Give it to friends/family or a soup kitchen.
– Top Reasons Why You Should Get Rid of Some of Your Stock Pile –
1. De-cluttering is a natural, easy way to calm your nerves. I truly believe in the “Less is More” theory. The less you have, the less you have to worry about expiring or spoiling.
2. You probably won’t ever use all of it. Aside from detergents and paper products, most things go bad. Some go bad quickly while others take a couple years. Perfect example: toothpaste. It expires rather quickly. I mean, not to people who only have one tube of toothpaste. But to extreme couponers, you are never going to use up your 100 tubes of toothpaste, if you follow expiration dates.
3. People in need. There are so many Americans that go hungry every day. If you have items that you know you will not use, please donate. Don’t toss them in the trash and please don’t let them just remain in your stockpile, even past the expiration date.
*Noteworthy tip- check with your local thrift stops/donation centers. A lot of them will offer curbside service, where you leave your items to be donated and mark them accordingly, and they pick them up for free. That way, you don’t have to spend your time/gas on dropping them off.
If you have numerous boxes of ramen noodles that have been in your stockpile for a while and nobody has touched, donate them. It will make someone happy–it may not be your family member but someone out there will have a great appreciation for the hard work you spent acquiring those noodles.
4. Self-gratification. You will feel like you have accomplished something. You may feel like a weight has been lifted or the shear enjoyment of helping out other people by donating your items.
5. It will help you better understand why exactly you are couponing. It will make you re-adjust your shopping strategies and let you focus your attention on the most important items needed. You will have a better understanding of how to spend your time and effort.
De-cluttering, downsizing, and cleaning are great ways to feel better about yourself. If you are an extreme couponer, you understand that you can get a bunch of items cheap and fast. It can be immensely overwhelming. Been there, done that.
Once you organize and spend time reflecting on your “stuff”, you will probably re-think what you are spending your time on. If materials are what make you happy, then you will never be happy. You will never have enough.