Old truck

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This is part of my Decluttering Toolbox.

Before I buy something, I ask, “Will I regret this later?” Will I be happy with this purchase in a day, a week, and a month? How long will the euphoria last? How much joy do I expect from using this item versus buying it? There’s nothing like pre-planning my buyer’s remorse.

And that’s just the warm-up exercise!

Next, I ask tougher questions: Will I soon feel indifferent about this purchase? Will I cram it in a cupboard, slam the door before things crash out, and forget about it? Will it languish in my pantry, nestled between the dusty bread maker and food dehydrator? Worse yet, will I banish it to the basement storage room where forgotten dreams go to die?

Will this thing I bought—this temporary treasure—be entombed under a mountain of abandoned items until decades later when my kids hire an excavation crew to clean out my house? Will they even look at it before throwing it away? Or will this thing, in its original packaging, be the final straw that causes my kids to say, “We need to rent a second dumpster.”