The Declutter Diaries is a series of posts I did for a former blog as a glimpse inside a real decluttering project [with occasional editorial comments from my present self]. You can start with Day One here.
Today I bought shelves for the basement from one of my favorite stores—Target. I even managed to get them on sale! Total cost: under $40. And can you believe this? I didn’t buy one single other thing from the store. [This is a major accomplishment for someone who likes to check out the $1 section, “just in case” there’s an amazing bargain for something we need.]
This evening my husband helped me put them together (as advertised, easily snaps together with no tools). Best of all, they fit under the stairway. Hooray for measuring tapes!
Tomorrow, I begin the mass exodus of the school room….
[This is another short post, so I will add a few more thoughts from the present]
*This is NOT an affiliate post. My opinions about Target are my own–NO payments exchanged hands for this post. Just sayin’.
My Love-Hate Relationship with Target
Target (a bargain department store in the US) is both a boon and a curse when it comes to organizing. On the plus side, there are tons of amazing and cheap organizing containers available. I love buying shoebox storage boxes at 5 for $4 (on sale, of course). Wandering aisles of brightly-colored office supplies, home decor, and containers (neatly arranged on shelves) is a true joy. All that color-coordination and tidiness just makes me swoon!
On the negative side, Target has the-ever-so-enticing $1 section right by the entrance. It takes an iron will to swoosh past that section without a second glance. And don’t even think about going to the store with kids! The toy section and entertainment section are sure to result in endless pestering from them.
The love-hate continues with the bargains. Believe me, there are amazing bargains to be had–but this is also a problem. It’s too easy to justify buying cartloads of bargains because it is so cheap. When was the last time you stood behind someone who was just buying one thing at Target? I rest my case.
Recently, June Doran shared some excellent advice about the Target REDCard on her blog This Simple Balance. Normally, I harden my heart to all the offers for credit cards, but this article has made me reconsider the possibilities (especially since there is a little-known debit card option). Check it out.