Clutter can build up so quickly around our home. Notes from various activities, bills, items to be returned to friends, the list goes on. Having said this, there are some types of clutter that just never make it into our home. This is because we have learnt to say no to a lot the mindless clutter. Here is a list of seven things we have said “no” to, to help reduce the amount of clutter in our home:
Say no to free samples
I bought a magazine last week, and attached to the front was a ‘free’ sample of a bath wash. Now, I know that I am never going to get around to using the bath wash, so rather than sticking it under my sink, I threw it straight in the bin. If I had the choice, I would have got the magazine without the bath wash to begin with. Just because an item is free, doesn’t mean you need it.
Say no to advertising magnets for the fridge
It is easy to just whack another magnet on the fridge. Just recently I cleared our fridge of all those promotional magnets, and it just looks less cluttered. We still have some magnet words that the kids use, but without all the other magnets there competeing for space, the kids can better play with their toy words. Make life easy, and don’t have any advertising on your fridge.
Say no to happy meal toys and those chocolates that come with a toy in the middle
Crappy plastic toys are the bain of every parent. They get played with for five minutes and then are chucked in the back of the cupboard. The only time your kid will want to play with them again, is if they see you trying to chuck them out.
My kid’s have worked out that these toys are crappy, and so on the rare times we go to the temple of the evil clown, I ask for the happy meals with no toys. The kids are perfectly ok with this, but it does confuse the person serving me. I generally explain that we just don’t want the toy a second time, and they shrug their shoulders and say OK.
Similarly, if you want to buy your kids a little chocolate treat, try one without a bit of plastic in the middle. They won’t miss the toy (they will be too busy smearing chocolate over their face and hands).
Say no to loyalty programs
Loyalty programs are not designed to make us as consumers feel special and loved, they are designed to give the business more details about our shopping habits so that they can market their products better. Just about every store you go into will ask you if you have a loyalty card these days. You could end up walking around with 20 cards in your wallet if your not careful. Saying no might mean that you don’t get 5% off on your birthday, but it will also mean less cards to carry around, and less junk mail being sent to you.
Say no to gift products when you purchase something
We’ve all seen this before – buy four of a product and get a free something. Last year I saw a free cake tin with four cream cheese products; a free set of salad servers with a few salad dressings etc. If you weren’t willing to buy the cake tin, then you don’t need it free with the cream cheese!
Say no to ‘collectors edition’ cups at the movies, and ‘limited edition’ glasses and food containers
If you’re getting a snack at the theatre before the start of a movie, you are almost always asked if you want to upsize to their deal which comes with a collectors edition cup. Let’s be realistic. The cups are made of super cheap plastic, and are not designed to last for long. If you do bring them home, they take up a lot of space. Besides which, you probably already have enough glasses and cups at home!
Say no to catalogues and junk mail
This one is really easy to deal with. Put a sign on your letter box saying no junk mail, and unsubscribe from any catalogues you get sent. If you really do want to look at a catalogue, go online and have a look there (this is what I do). Your recycling bin will be alot emptier, and the environment better off with less scrap paper.
I don’t know about you, but I find it a lot easier to prevent clutter coming into my home, than to deal with the clutter once it is there. By learning to say no to these things, we have reduced some of the clutter that comes into our home, and we don’t miss one thing!
Over to you, what things do you say “no” to, to prevent clutter in your home?