The obvious other side to getting rid of the stuff we don’t use or need is to stop buying the stuff we won’t use and don’t need. That’s why I joined an on-line group called The Compact. It is a group of people who strive to become mindful consumers. The initial challenge is to not buy any “new” products for one year. There are a few exceptions and you can buy used and/or borrow. It is an amazing group with so many great ideas to help you through the challenge. Things like how do I handle gift giving and how do you get your kids/ families on board? Not to mention tips on gardening, canning, organizing, and so much more! This could easily become a way of life instead of a temporary challenge but I think the point is to just stop and think about what we are buying and what each purchase really means. Does this purchase make me a better person? Does it help me, bring me closer to God or my family? Or does it just fill a space on a table or add to the clutter in my closet, garage, basement? So now I simply walk by that discounted table full of great deals and future landfill fillers. It really is quite freeing, you should try it!