Would I buy this again?

Reblogger
Real Estate Agent with Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.

I am a terrible pack rat that is trying to become a minimalist! This blog by Cindy Bernstein has a great decluttering list! I have read a lot this subject, and this is the best I have seen. I know it is going to help me. I am reposting it in hopes that more people like me will see it!

Original content by Cindy Bernstein

I often say that we can talk ourselves into keeping almost anything. 

Here are some (hopefully) helpful questions to ask yourself, just in case you have time to declutter this week:

  • Is this something I currently use?
  • Would I buy this again? (MY FAVORITE QUESTION OF ALL)
  • Do I absolutely love it?
  • Is this worthy of the space it will occupy?
  • Will I be able to find it if I need it?
  • Could I get another one if I needed it?
  • Does this help me to reach my goal of reducing the volume?

Happy Decluttering! And challenge yourself to stay away from the "After Christmas" Sales

Comments (16)

Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I'm a pack rat myself but just as you are trying to minimalize, so am I and this short list is all that you need!

Dec 29, 2019 12:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Those are some good things to consider before making a purchase. I think I do a pretty good job except around Christmas 

Dec 29, 2019 02:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Tom like you I am a pack rat too, lucky for me there is Diane who is the Throw Away Queen and we battle all the time but keeps the place manageable:)Endre

Dec 29, 2019 08:04 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Tom, 

Those are all great questions. The question not on this list that I ask myself is "does this thing make me happy?" If no, I get rid of it immediately. No second guessing! In 2019, I threw a lot out.

Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2020 08:15 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You know, we are clearing out my MIL's belongings (she just moved to a retirement community) and your favorite question is what I shared with the family, Tom! It worked beautifully too.

Jan 05, 2020 09:11 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Thanks for the comments. This is already helping me get my home and life in order!

Jan 08, 2020 06:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Tom Bailey - those are tough questions for me.  I am slowly decluttering years of stuff.

Jan 09, 2020 08:41 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Great RE blog 

Feb 21, 2020 06:55 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Thanks Margaret 

Feb 22, 2020 07:07 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Tom Bailey - As I am forced to stay home because of the pandemic, I am discovering it is harder to get rid of things than to acquire them. When I was 18 and got my own apartment, it was three rooms upstairs from a very old couple. They were in their 80s and had survived WW11 and the Great Depression. As you can imagine, at such a tender age, I barely had enough to fill up a suitcase, let alone any furniture. I had a conversation with the Landlords and I'll never forget what he told me. To hang on to things you store and don't use is costing you more money and wasting your time. Time is valuable. Get rid of what you don't need and acquire wealth, not things. Being young, I fluffed it off. Today the words come back to haunt me. 

May 30, 2020 07:20 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Tom - this is now a great time to declutter and deep clean.  I am into it now.

Jun 02, 2020 10:10 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Grant and Patricia, I too have used this home time to do a lot clean out throw out!

Jun 11, 2020 05:52 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tom, great choice for a reblog, and definitely am not a pack rat, quite the opposite.  Looks like you need to write a post! 

Sep 08, 2020 07:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Tom and great reblog and we can all learn from this blog.  Make it a great day!

 

Sep 22, 2020 10:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Take care and be safe.

Apr 11, 2021 02:01 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I can't say for sure, but that's a good point nevertheless and all the more

Apr 17, 2021 10:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Tom it has been ages hope you are well and prospering and too busy to be commenting on the platform, Endre

Apr 17, 2021 11:52 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Tom - the question for me would be would I be able to find it if I need it.

Sep 22, 2021 06:02 AM