How To: Read Design Blogs and Resist the Urge to Buy

We're often asked how we're able to see so many cool things on a daily basis without buying them. Besides our knee-jerk response that we can't afford it on a writer's budget, we also tell people that it's actually gotten easier to resist the urge to buy since we started writing about design - we get a buzz from researching and blogging that cuts down on our need to own the things we see. Still, we have a few tricks we use to quiet the little voice inside that says, "I want it!" Click below to see them...

• We learned this one from the 8-Step Home Cure. Before buying anything, ask yourself three questions: 1) Will I use it? 2) Will I love it? 3) Does my home need it? If it doesn't meet these three criteria, you can probably do without it.

• We like to wait a week before buying something. Even though a product may catch our eye at first, if it doesn't stick with us (and it doesn't meet the three criteria above), it's not worth it.

• Do research on anything before you buy it. Read posts, read comments, read what the manufacturer says, and see it in person if you can. Although blogs may or may not have good recommendations, it's up to you to determine whether a product meets your standards or not.

• Keep a shopping list and a budget of things you really need for your apartment. If you feel the urge to buy something that's not on the list, ask yourself if it's really worth it to take money away from your "needs" budget. Usually it's not.

• Follow the one-in-one-out rule. When you buy something new, get rid of something you no longer need or want. Before you buy a new piece, ask yourself if you're willing to get rid of something else in exchange.

• Think of design blogs as resources that you can use to make your home better, rather than places to shop online. Use the information provided to create your own plan for your space. When the time comes to buy something, you'll be well-informed and ready.

Photo: Jessica and Alex's House Tour