Why taking stock is a great thing

Every so often take stock of all your products and possessions. Ask yourself, what aren’t you using? In your room? Bathroom? Pantry? What can be used up? What have you forgotten about but can actually use? Have you thought of new uses for underused products or possessions since eyeing them last? Put your money to use! Don’t let things collect in corners and go to waste. Consolidate products and group like with like to save yourself from overspending.

Taking stock is something that I will do before making a purchase. Needing to replenish my shampoo the other day, a quick scan of my bathroom storage left me feeling pretty happy. I’m good for electric toothbrush heads for a few months, razors – check, all my face products are at a healthy level so I’m good there for a while and my loo roll container is at capacity. Life is good!

As Anna Johnson says in her book Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less “I like to mend, polish, rearrange, clean, and reorganise my clothes and favourite things when I can’t afford anything new. Often I’ll find many things I can sell or give away, and that helps the chain of plenty to get moving again. It also makes me feel really full (and sometimes ruefully foolhardy) to see what I already own and to put it into active use before accumulating more. Yesterday I used my coffee press for the first time, because I finally noticed it, and I smiled. My next check comes on Friday and I have a nice big jug of iced coffee in the fridge to sip while I wait it out.”

I’ve mentioned previously that the brain tends to stop seeing things once it’s gotten used to seeing them. By giving your things some attention you renew your connection to them which in turn makes them seem more useful than previously. And voila! You’ve repleted!

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