We’ve heard a lot lately about being mindful. But what does that mean, and how can it help in terms of organizing? Being mindful is being fully present in every moment. It sounds easy, but it is actually a little difficult for some of us and very difficult for others. Have you ever driven to work, and realized once you got to work that you don’t remember the actual drive there? In that moment, you were not very mindful. Have you ever been listening to someone speak only to find that for the past few minutes your mind was on something else? Again, not very mindful. When we are mindful, we are actively listening and paying attention. This can be difficult in today’s world with so many distractions.
This month’s blog post is about how to be mindful when shopping. I’m also going to incorporate a strategy for only buying what you need. Here’s how it works: before you leave your home to go shopping for new clothes, take about 20 minutes or more depending on your closet size and look through your closet to see what you own. Then take a few minutes to jot down the outfits that you need for various occasions: work, weekends, trips, weddings, the beach, going to the gym, running, or whatever you do regularly. Compare that list to what’s in your closet. Are you in need of new sneakers for running? OK, then they go on your list. Do you need a new business suit? Again, add it to the list. Are your weekend jeans really tattered? Then add “weekend jeans” to the list. This way, once you get to the mall, boutique, or wherever you shop for clothes, you are prepared with a list that is deliberate and focused. You will be less likely to just try on a bunch of things that you might not need. This approach will save you money. And your trip to the store will be shorter, so you’ll save time! It’s a win-win all around! This approach works with food shopping as well or any kind of shopping that you do.
When you are at the store, be mindful. Don’t get distracted by shiny things or clothing that is not on your list. You can do it. The list will help you to be more mindful. Stay focused. Try on the clothes that you need, and imagine yourself wearing them to your various occasions: work, that upcoming job interview, your sister’s wedding, etc. Do you feel great? Does the outfit fit well? Is the price right? OK, then you’re ready to buy, and you can be sure that this is a thoughtful, focused purchase. Well done!
Happy (focused) shopping!