You might have heard others say that if you get rid of some item that you “may need again someday,” that you can just replace that item when the need arises.
Some people hold onto things even if they aren’t currently useful to them, in case they will need it sometime in the future.
Today I finally decided I needed something I’d previously purged: a 3-hole-punch.
Sometime after college, I got rid of my hole punch, thinking I really didn’t have much use for it anymore.
I decided I wanted one again since I want to organize some of my documents in a 3-ring binder rather than in a file folder.
So, I went out and bought a 3-ring hole punch. Spent about $5 on it. The one I donated to Goodwill I think I paid roughly the same amount for it years ago.
Yeah, it’s $5 I wouldn’t have needed to spend again if I just held onto it. But it’s an item that I would have moved to different apartments a few extra times without needing one.
Out of all the things I’ve ever purged from my home, I can’t believe something so insignificant is what I needed to replace. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff over the years. This tells me that my purging efforts really are worthwhile — it’s not worth hoarding stuff for “someday.” Maybe I’ll need it again, but more than likely, I probably won’t.
A lot of our stuff is still boxed up from our Pittsburgh to Indianapolis move a few months ago. We’re moving again in a few weeks and I’m going to get rid of more stuff as we unpack. Looking forward to that!
Have you ever had purging regret? Or gone out and replaced an item you previously owned?