Apartment Therapy on Preventing Clutter

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My grandmother's thriftiness is the stuff of family legend. While some of the stories seem incredible (like the time she mentioned that she switched her sneakers from one foot to the other to prevent them from wearing out so quickly), they're all true. She would use up or re-purpose everything before she considered throwing it out. And she had a saying that she employed, along with a little shrug of her shoulders, whenever I wanted something...

"If you don't buy it," she would tell me, "you don't have to clean it or put it away." At the time, I was a kid. I didn't clean and I had help putting stuff away but, now that I'm older, I hear my grandmother's words every time I'm about to plunk down cash for something and it makes me stop and think. Do I love this enough to clean it? Oftentimes the answer is "no" and then back it goes. Funny how much you like something until you have to think about what it's going to cost, in terms of time, money and effort, to keep it up.

Have you ever bought something for your home -- whether it was a white sofa or a rug that shed -- and then regretted it?

[image: Max and Peter's Squeaky Clean Quarters]

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