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Thursday's Thrifty Thought: 9/24/09

Move it or Lose it!

Actually it should be, “If you don’t use it, lose it and don’t move it“, but that didn’t sound as catchy :)

As we’re getting ready to move again this weekend for the second time this year, we’re even more aware of the cost of clutter. While we did a lot of purging before moving to Nashville, having two young children and a propensity towards all things free makes us prone to collect things we don’t really need.

A good rule of thumb, if you didn’t use it last season, chances are you won’t use it this season either. Toss anything that’s broken and you haven’t fixed after 6 months (you probably don’t need it anyway), anything that’s too worn or anything that is more than two sizes larger or smaller than you are now (unless you’re pregnant, then God bless you!).  I’ve come to the reality that I will never be in pageants again, nor will I (hopefully) ever again wear most of what I bought while working at the Gap in the ’90s.

In reality, most of what I hang on to is more for sentimental reasons than for utility; so my new advice – take a picture  and move on! Your wallet and your back will thank you for it next time you have to move!