Prevent Clutter What is the best way to prevent clutter & save money? As the title says, visit your local library.  They have a myriad of books, magazines, cd’s, dvd’s, & books on tape. Not sure if I missed anything, but all of these items that we buy can lead to a whole lot of clutter.  Clutter that we have to maintain in some fashion, which has associated costs.

To keep them organized so you can find what you need when you need it, there is a storage component.  You may need to purchase storage if you don’t already have something you can use.  No matter how you store them, they take up space.  Space that you may need for other more important items.  Another thing to consider related to taking up space, is that our belongings need to be proportionate to our living spaces.  This strategy can also prevent clutter.

There are endless outlets to purchase these items, especially online.  There are times when we purchase a book, a cd, dvd, etc., and we never read, watch or listen to it.  Other times, we do, but for whatever reason, we don’t like it and it goes into a bookcase, a closet, drawer, or a pile somewhere never to be touched again.  When items are never used, they become clutter.  Clutter that you have to maintain.  Clutter, which I’ve mentioned before, creates stagnant energy; and stagnant energy causes stress.  No one needs more stress in their lives.

Doesn’t it make more sense, to check it out at your local library first, to see if you actually want to spend the money to buy, and maintain it?  This strategy would prevent clutter & save money.  Checking out items in the library requires a library card.  Applying for a library card is free.  There is a fee associated with returning books after the due date.  This really isn’t an issue due to online services to renew a book.

Many of us like to read favorite books over again, or watch our favorite dvd’s again and again.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Those favorites are items that are important to us.  Those are the items that are worthy of spending our hard-earned dollars to purchase and maintain.

So, the next time you are tempted to make a purchase, visit your local library to check it out for free.  If you like it, and have the space to store it, go ahead and make that purchase.  If you don’t have the space, consider a digital purchase.  You will ultimately save money by saving space.

What strategies do you implement to prevent clutter & save money?