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Mindfully Organized Shopping Saves Money

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, discusses how to avoid mindless buying

It's so natural to want to go and buy new clothes for the change in season. It's also easy to get lured into buying things that we really don't need because "it's a bargain." (Although my wise daughter always cautions, "If you don't need it, it's not a bargain").

Not shopping mindfully often leads to buying duplicates and triplicates of things we already own, like and wear. Then you have to go and return the you like unnecessary errands?

My own personal case in point:

Years ago we were shopping for dress slacks for my husband and bought and "tailored on the spot" several pair. Upon getting the clothing home we found that he now had 6 different shades of gray slacks! Really now?)

Self-correcting ritual....check your closets and make your lists throughout the season.

  • As the season draws to an end I go through my clothes, category by category, tossing out or donating anything I won't wear again. (I even note what I tossed so I don't spend time looking for it when I think I want to wear it).

  • As summer draws to an end I make a list for each category of clothing:

  • ​Take a count of what you have: (3 white slacks, 2 navy, etc)

  • Then list what you don't have, that you may like or need, (no beige slacks)

  • Make this list for every type of clothing: shoes, t shirts, blouses, etc.

  • You can keep this list updated throughout the year.

NJ Organizing Expert, Marilyn Shain Labendz, finds more money for you

Assess the situation: How much room do you now have in your closet?

More importantly, how much more money is remaining in your budget now?

This is an easy way to:

  • Shop mindfully with a keen awareness of what you need.

  • Stay focused when browsing.

  • Prioritize what you will shop for even pre-sales, what can wait till sales, and what's just extra,etc.

  • Know how much room is left in your budget before shopping for extras.

Contact me and together we can make you a wise shopper with room in the closet.

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, recommends gift certificates

Don't forget! Gift certificates are available. Help your friends/loved ones get organized.

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