A significant component of the clutter we encounter in our clients’ homes is excess purchases. In this case, I’m referring specifically to those purchases driven by auto-shipping programs. So, how is that convenient auto-shipment working for you?
They offer savings on things we would buy anyway, so why not?
Moreover, they save us the trouble of having to remember to reorder. What can be better? How can this be so bad?
First, lured by the savings on what you intend to purchase, you might get into the bundling of items you did not need or want to qualify for reduced shipping rates or discounted prices. That means additional unnecessary expenses and more clutter in your home.
Second, there is the quantity of stuff shipped. I often see an excess of products delivered to my clients’ homes.
Whether they order an excessive amount of the product to qualify for the program parameters or take advantage of the shipping expense per fixed order amount, they get more than they can use before the next shipment arrives.
The third is the shipping frequency. It could be that the program establishes a specific frequency to lower the shipping costs or ensure future purchases. It may also be a misjudgment of the reordering time. But truth be told, pre-scheduled deliveries also compound the situation by arriving way too frequently.
What is the result of all this, and how does this affect how you live?
If you have the situation mentioned above, then you probably are experiencing one or more of the following factors:
- Boxes and other packing material from deliveries that are so frequent that you can’t seem to catch up
- An excessive number of products need to be stored in odd or illogical places because you no longer have space in the logical area for that type of item
- Product overflow is lying around just anywhere because it does not fit anywhere else or you “have not had time to put it away.”
- That pesky recurrent charge on your credit card that you always say you will eliminate, but you always forget to
Can you relate to any of these?
In principle, these auto-ship programs may save money and offer the advantage of not thinking about placing future orders. However, they work under limited circumstances and for certain kinds of people or certain types of products.
Often, we just let things go. The status quo goes on as days, weeks and months pass. But, because we don’t manage these subscriptions, we have to manage the clutter that results.
If automatic deliveries are running your life and home, please take care of this situation now. Adjust the frequency of deliveries, the amount of product, the products you buy or eliminate the auto-shipment. Go! Now!