…………does not mean you have to accept.
When you are given the option of free stuff, whatever the reason, try to fast forward to how you will feel about the item in 6 or 12 months time.
- Will you love it?
- Do you really need it?
- Will it be back in the donation box for the op shop or garage sale?
Today at work someone was handing out giant-sized mugs with corporate branding on them. After having refused pens that were being offered last week, I was approached with a half-hearted comment about me not wanting their gifts. I simply assured them that it was nothing personal but that I really did not need a mug. Suddenly there was a chorus from the rest of the office about how they loved freebies.
If I see a particular use for a freebie I will accept it – otherwise I do not.
Also today, it was interesting to see that one of my colleagues had a new knitting pattern and next thing I knew it had been photocopied numerous times and copies were being handed around to everyone. While I could appreciate the pattern I have no intention of knitting it so I turned down the offer of a copy. It is a waste of paper and will clutter up my home and I could even end up feeling guilty that I had not used the pattern. Much simpler to just say , “No thanks”.
The other freebie was a little more insidious. A cake recipe sent via email. This came from another work colleague. There had been no discussion or request for the recipe – it was just there in my inbox. It had probably been discussed by 1 or 2 people and when it was sent to them everyone in the department was included – I expect so that nobody felt left out or forgotten. A nice gesture, I suppose but the recipe is now in the deleted box because I do not need it.
After spending time and effort decluttering, I owe it to myself to remain vigilant and stop all sorts of stuff before it gains a foothold.
What have you refused lately?