I can forgive myself for being human.
Buying mistakes are bound to happen. Forgive yourself and resolve to think a little longer about something before you buy it.
This way of thinking will help you when looking at a new item you have never used but failed to return.
Keep this foremost in your mind:
The money you spent on the item is already gone. Holding onto it won’t bring the money back. Getting rid of it will not make you any poorer.
I am a grown-up now and can live by my standards.
Your parents had the best intentions.
They raised you not to be wasteful. You had to clean your plate. You had to wait until an item looked raggedy before you were allowed to buy a new article.
Your parents may have been raised in tough financial times and had to keep everything.
They had their shoes re-soled instead of buying a new pair.
They saved the plastic bags that the bread came in instead of tossing them. They had small appliances repaired instead of throwing and purchasing a new one.
You live in a different time and place and are allowed to adopt a brand new set of standards, ones that work for you and your lifestyle.
It’s okay to change my mind.
So you bought a new techie gadget and decided it was just too complicated to figure it out, and you decided you don’t need it in your life anyway. Or maybe you found something that worked better for you.
You bought some craft supplies to make a decoration, and then you decided it was just too much effort and bought an already made item instead.
Realize it is okay to change your mind about an item and give it to someone who will put it to good use.
Why not turn your guilty feelings into feelings of good and purpose. Think of each item you no longer need as needing a new home, just not in your home.
Developing new mindsets for a decluttered life may not always be easy, but it will be worth it. You will be freeing up space for the things you enjoy and use.
TIME TO FEEL GOOD INSTEAD OF GUILTY!
Stay tuned for more new mindsets next week!
Please respond and let me know what new mindset you will be adopting or one I may not have included.