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Open your closet door, dig past the first items you see, and look at ten things you've shoved toward the back. Out of those ten things, how many of them fill you with buyer's remorse? How many of them had you completely forgotten you owned?
Look at the last ten purchases on your Amazon account. How many of them fill you with buyer's remorse? How many of them had you completely forgotten?
Find an old grocery store or Target receipt. How many items on that receipt fill you with buyer's remorse? How many of them had you completely forgotten?
Look at your credit card statement. Ask yourself the same two questions about the first ten purchases.
Don't despair. No one is perfect at this test. I'm certainly not. Whenever I dig into closets or drawers or look at my Amazon history, I usually find at least a couple of items I've forgotten or feel that I wasted money on. Why on earth did I buy this?
This kind of assessment can be painful, but it also provides insight into the quality of my buying decisions. Honestly, they're not as good as they should be. But they're better than they were before I started thinking like a minimalist.
It's good to feel that buyer's remorse.