Are you a product accumulator? This is evidenced by the amount of product located under our sinks and in our cabinets. We buy more of something even when we still have plenty on hand. We found a great deal on lotion, glass cleaner, WD40, juice or dish soap.
Have we ever counted the ‘freebies’ from all our hotel stays? How many tiny shampoos we must have! Over time, all these bottles of this and tubes of that add up, taking up space and in the end costing us money.
Seriously, how many bottles of window cleaner do we really need?
Sorting through someone’s home after years of product accumulation is one of the challenges faced. The amount of health, house, auto, and fix-it products in a home can be staggering. To then deal with it all appropriately is very time-consuming.
Tips to Reduce Accumulation
- Don’t buy in bulk UNLESS it is something you KNOW will be used within a few month’s time. Just because an item is on sale or is a ‘good deal’ doesn’t mean you need it.
- Finish that bottle of lotion, tube of mascara or window cleaner BEFORE buying or opening a new one.
- When shopping for items, know what you need and buy only that. It will save you money and space.
- Periodically go through all cabinets, closets and drawers and clear out any products that are opened and not being used, or which you have multiples.
- Resist the urge to gift products like fancy soaps, lotions, bubble bath, and tea to friends and family.
What To Do With Extra Product
When Trustee Help, Inc. is clearing out a home that has considerable product we use this 3-step approach:
- Donate: Any items that are UNOPENED can be donated. We distribute things like medicine, personal care and cleaning products to a variety of charities.
- Dispose: For sanitary reasons, most opened items, especially personal care products, must be thrown away.
- Recycle: If certain products must be disposed of, we attempt to dispose of the contents appropriately and recycle the containers.
Just as the old adage goes about measuring twice and cutting once, think twice about buying more of what you already have one of.
What Are Your Thoughts? What are your tips for minimizing product accumulation? Have you had to deal with clearing out a household that had a significant amount of products? If so, how did you handle the disposal/donation/recycle process?