Angela Ploetz

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My goal is to help people create a space that supports them, mentally, physically, and aesthetically. When you are free from the chaos you have the capacity to create more of what you want.

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Don’t Get Caught In The Sales Trap

by Angela On December 30, 2007

Clearance Sign I know it’s tempting…the after Christmas sales.  I love them too, but just be sure you are buying things you really want or need and not just buying things because they’re on sale.

Often times when I’m working with a client going through their things I ask them questions like:  “What is this?  What do you use it for?  Have you ever used it?  Why did you buy it?”  I don’t know how many times people tell me “It was on sale and such a good deal that I couldn’t pass it up!”.  You bet your boots you could have passed it up!

Let’s go through a scenario you might be familiar with.  You purchase that item, you know the one you just couldn’t pass up, and now two years later here you are with an item you have never used.  The item is taking up valuable space that you wish you had and now when you look at it, you really don’t even like it.  You wonder “Why did I even buy this?”  Just when you’re about to toss the item you pause and think “I did pay good money for this item, maybe I should keep it and give it to someone else.”  Then you put it back on the shelf and it sits there for another two years at which time then you decide to donate the item because it’s really out of style now.  When all along you never needed the item and you could have saved yourself money and space.

For people who do have a space that is overwhelmed by clutter, stopping the clutter cycle is a must.  I’m not saying you can’t buy things anymore, but before you do be sure you purchase with a purpose.  Be sure you are buying things for the right reasons.  Things you love, things you will use, things that are the right color, and the right size.  You are worth it!  You are worth buying what you really want and like rather than buying things that you are settling for because they are on sale.  Oprah Winfrey once said “I never buy something the first time I see it”.  That is an excellent philosophy to live by.  Thanks Oprah!

My request to you is to ponder every purchase you make and be sure you are buying things that meet your personal standards.  You’re worth it.

Enjoy the good life,

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