Keep Life Simple…Buy What You LOVE…

So I have had these thoughts lately about the recent programs showcasing “couponing”.  I whole-heartedly admire these folks tenacity to get a great deal!  I am one who loves a bargain…always looking for a new piece of art or decoration…checking out the latest in garden decor, scouring antique and second-hand stores for cool furniture pieces…debating the value of spending this much on an item I am not really that in love with…or deciding to wait until the perfect piece jumps up and screams, “pick me, pick me!!”  The latter is a skill I have honed the older I get.  Buy something you LOVE!! End of Story.  No more taking home that quirky, wierd little kitchen decoration that you kinda like, it’s kinda cute, but hmmm, I’m not sure…no more! 

And as I watch the program of the lady who buys 28 bottles of Liquid Laundry Detergent, 37 packages of Toilet Paper, and 13 bottles of  Bathroom Cleaner, I get a little concerned.  Actually, the first thing that popped into my mind was this is a little like hoarding.  Although it is organized hoarding, I think.  Homeowners have converted spare bedrooms normally reserved for special guests like your mom (or a best friend, niece, nephew…) to glorified storage rooms to house the latest coupon deals they racked up at the latest grocery store raid.  Seriously people, is it really necessary to purchase this much stuff?!!  There is no way in this world that one single family needs this many bottles of cleaner, shampoo, soap, etc.  I beg you…please don’t give up valuable real estate in your home to stack shelving full of stuff just because it was on sale. 

It’s not that I am against couponing…I think it’s a fantastic idea.  I have enjoyed many a couponing-shopping trip on visits down south where we can come away with a phenomenal amount of new summer clothes, and many, many great pairs of shoes–and we can all use more shoes, right?!  The trick is to still keep in mind to purchase things you can use.  Within this lifetime.  If you can find a great deal on 6 pair of dress pants (and you can, just ask my husband), then go for it…but you must get rid of the 6 old pairs of dress pants hanging in your closet at home.  Donate those old clothes to a good cause, and feel absolute pleasure hanging up the beautiful new items and smile about how you got them for a steal!

My collegues and friends keep striving to live a more simple, clean, and ultimately lighter life…too much stuff weighs you down and clutters up your being.  We love a good shopping trip…we have driven down little country roads, manoeuvred big city streets, and orchestrated entire days revolving around how many home decor shops we can hit.  Believe me, these are some serious shopping enthusiasts.  But now we do things a little different.  We buy what we love…and when we get home, we know that once again, it’s time to edit.  Out with the old, in with the new!  We should probably be a little thankful, too, that we can’t coupon quite as extreme here as our neighbors south of the border…


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paula
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 02:54:50

    amen sister!


  2. Shauna Oberg
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 16:49:15

    I totally agree with this philosophy. If you won’t use it or love it, why would you want it in your home?


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