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Less shopping, less buying, less anxiety & ....

Posted by brugloverz9 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 9, 08 at 17:24

...less hot flashes! Wow, I never thought that the side effect of simplifying would be a reduction in hot flashes.

When I was reading Elaine St. James book this morning " Living the Simple Life" I got to her area on watching for early warning signs of wanting to buy. To paraphrase, among them were " you feel a slight palpitation of the heart, the pulse starts to quicken, you feel a rush of adrenaline. Part of you wants to hold back and another part is reaching for your credit card."

The last few days I have been experiencing less hot flashes and was trying to figure out what I was doing differently, when I came across her words and thought...THIS IS IT !

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RE: Less shopping, less buying, less anxiety & ....

Thanks, Brug. A great message for me, too.

RE: Less shopping, less buying, less anxiety & ....

I don't buy anything anymore unless I know where I am going to put it and what I will be getting rid of first. I have been doing that for the last year or so and has helped greatly.

I don't buy anything anymore

I don't buy anything anymore... unless we are going to eat it or burn it.

Gotta laugh, Lena

RE: Less shopping, less buying, less anxiety & ....

Every time I hold a new object in my hands, whether it be something I am thinking of buying, or a gift from someone else, I ask: "Is this going to become clutter?" If the answer is no, it is allowed into my house.

After all the years I spent living with the misery of clutter, and all the work it took to get rid of the clutter, I don't want it back. I don't want to swap old junk for new junk.

RE: Less shopping, less buying, less anxiety & ....

Once upon a time I vowed to zero my credit cards. I didn't buy anything but kids' clothes if they changed sizes.

I wiped out a ton of debt, changed my spending habits long-term, and made tons of progress on my decluttering.

I'm seeing some of my old spending habits creeping back; I'm hoping that bcs I now feel broke from vacationing in Hawai'i I'll find it easier to just not buy stuff.

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