Just because something’s free of charge doesn’t mean it won’t cost you.
How many “free” toys from a fast food joint are lurking in your home or car? How many “free” cosmetic samples, hotel soaps or teeny bottles of shampoo can be found at the bottom of your bathroom drawers?
I’m no different to most of my clients. I hate to waste. I hate to throw things out. If I own something I like to make good use of it. So I try not to take the “free” stuff when offered.
Why not? Ok, remember I said just because it’s free doesn’t mean there’s no cost. Well, first there’s the cost to the environment in producing and then discarding this free stuff. Then there’s the cost to you in storing it. It costs you in space, in time spent maintaining/cleaning/moving/looking for it, and in peace of mind. So many of my clients feel guilt because of their clutter, then they feel guilt when it’s time to get rid of the clutter. And in many cases the clutter came “free”.
As I said, I try not to bring free stuff home. But sometimes it comes uninvited. I entered a competition once. I didn’t win the major prize but I did win a consolation prize of 3 cartons of Brush Ups. These are little individually-wrapped mint-flavoured “textured teeth wipes” which you slip over your finger to “brush” your teeth on the run. Now while I would never buy something like that, now that I have them I find it very hard to get rid of them. I consolidated the 3 cartons into one to save space. I keep some in my car, some in my handbag and some at home. I could use one a day for over a year. Still they linger. It’s time for me to set an example.
Out they go.
What are you ready to let go of?