To Buy or Not To Buy

I just started reading To Buy or Not To Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop by April lane Benson, PhD. It looks like an interesting read.

Dr. Benson starts the conversation with her eleven categories of over-shoppers.

  1. You shop to feel better about yourself or more secure.
  2. You shop to avoid dealing with something important.
  3. You use shopping as a weapon, to express anger or seek revenge.
  4. You shop to hold on to love.
  5. You shop to soothe yourself or repair your mood.
  6. You shop to project an image of wealth and power.
  7. You shop to fit into an appearance-obsessed society.
  8. You shop in response to stress, loss, or trauma.
  9. You shop because it’s the lesser evil.
  10. You shop to feel more in control.
  11. You shop to find meaning in your life or to deny death.

Interesting list. I think I have met people from each category. Reading just this short portion of the book made me wonder about my shopping habits. I look forward to reading the rest of the book.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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