So many people sabotage their decluttering efforts by continuing to bring acquisitions into their home. If you are looking to stop shopping excessively to reduce clutter, here are some strategies that may help:

Identify triggers: Consider what causes you to shop, such as boredom, stress, or emotional needs, and find alternative ways to address these triggers. Keeping a diary about your shopping experiences can help you to spot such patterns and triggers.

Set a budget & track spending: Decide on a budget for shopping and stick to it. Even if you don’t need a budget because you’re financially well-off, it will definitely help you to reduce what you consume and bring into your home.

Make a list: Before shopping, make a list of the specific items you need and avoid impulse purchases. In fact, I’d go as far as to say have a list off all the things you need, all of the time. Add to it when you identify a need, and if you go shopping, don’t buy anything that isn’t already on the list.

Delay purchases: If you are tempted to make a purchase, wait a minimum of 24 hours and see if you still want the item. Leave online purchases in the cart for a least a few days. This reduces impulse buying and increases intentionality.

Find alternative activities: Engage in alternative activities, such as exercise, reading, or spending time with friends and family, to reduce the urge to shop. Be careful of activities that bring stuff into your house!

Seek support: Consider reaching out to friends, family, or a counselling professional to talk about your feelings and your experiences, and to keep you accountable with your goals.

These are a few ways you can work to reduce your shopping and acquiring. Which ones do you think will work for you?

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