One in one out: it is a simple guideline which helps me avoid acquiring more stuff than I need or even want. I’m not a perfect stickler for this rule, but I try to follow it often because I like the results it brings. Besides keeping my belongings in check, it guards me from being a sucker for sale signs and trends. It encourages contentment. When I shop, I ask myself whether or not I’d be willing to replace something I already own with this new item. The answer to that question determines whether or not it is truly worth the purchase. Of course, down the road, I might change my mind about something I bought. My tastes and needs change and when that happens, I don’t sweat it. I no longer feel like I need to hold onto something just because I paid good money for it once. That is a guilt-induced clutter trap and you should stay away from that kind of thinking. Since adopting the habit of one in one out, I have regretted far fewer purchases. This week, I bought a new pair of flip flops, but not on impulse. I had a pair of flips already, but they are leather and I wanted a pair that could get wet when I water the garden, take my kids to the swimming pool, and for a upcoming trip to the beach. Since I had a pair of shoes in mind which I could let go of, I bought the new pair, guilt free. One new pair of shoes came into the house and another pair is ready to donate. Easy peasy!