If you're pocketbook's a frequent victim of your own impulse buys, avoid those spur of the moment purchases by instituting a 30-day list.
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Weblog Zen Habits rounds up 18 five-minute tips designed to help you clear the clutter from your home, including this tip, which to our eyes is more of a smart personal finance move than a decluttering idea:
Create a 30-day list. The problem with decluttering is that we can declutter our butts off (don't actually try that — it's painful) but it just comes back because we buy more stuff. So fight that tendency by nipping it in the bud: don't buy the stuff in the first place. Take a minute to create a 30-day list, and every time you want to buy something that's not absolutely necessary (and no, that new Macbook Air isn't absolutely necessary), put it on the list with the date it was added to the list. Make a rule never to buy anything (except necessities) unless they've been on the list for 30 days. Often you'll lose the urge to buy the stuff and you'll save yourself a lot of money and clutter.
Hit up the link for the remaining tips, most of which are focused a little more specifically on making your home clutter-free. While you're doing your best to avoid the impulse buy, consider instituting the stranger test.