It’s Christmas afternoon and you probably have a bunch of new stuff. Cool stuff indeed, and maybe even some not quite as cool stuff, too. Either way, a lot more stuff has entered your life in the last 24 hours.
Here’s a simply way you can help ensure that all this stuff doesn’t add to what is for most people, an already cluttered life.
Adopt the One-in, One-out rule.
This means that for every new item of stuff that you acquire, you need you relieve yourself of some other item of stuff. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a like item (if you get a new ladder you don’t necessarily have to get rid of older ladder), though that’s probably the most common. There just needs to be a 1-to-1 trade.
This is a great exercise for thinking about what things are most important in our lives, and what things we hold on to just because he have them or once thought they’d be valuable.
Once you follow one in, one out for a few months, you may start to notice that it can influence your buying decisions. Suddenly, you may find yourself mentally considering the value of the new potential item with what you’d have to give up. And you might be surprised at what you discover.
So go ahead and give the One-in, One-out rule a try today.