I am infamously known by friends and family for putting retail theory into practice. Here's a quick look at how my one in, one out policy got started!
Everything I needed to know about shopping, I learned at a nightclub. Let me explain.
Meet the person in college who left piles of shopping bags on the floor corner, who double hung clothing on hangers, who shoved so much into the drawers that the bottoms fell out. That was me years ago and one day when I realized that I couldn't physically put away my clean laundry for lack of space; so, I decided to make a change.
To correct the situation, I adopted a solution learned while waiting in line to get into a popular venue at full capacity: the one in, one out policy
. (If it worked for crowd control, it surely would work for clothes control!) It's simple - every time an item comes into the house, a similar item has to leave the house. Since then, I have applied that mantra not only to my clothing purchases but also to many other shopping practices across categories - like groceries, kids toys, toiletries, etc.
Time to confess: what area of your purchasing power should you apply the one in, one out theory to to improve your own efficiency and to successfully declutter your life?