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Societal influences can create various patterns of behavior which can threaten our need for order. What we want and what we own dictate how we manage what we continue to buy.

When we feel we want to belong or comply with trends our moods and our desire for the newest product on the market become priority. Our routines and how we manage our homes are affected. And, with the increased awareness of our need to simplify we are in conflict as we try to keep up with society's efforts to persuade us to buy more.

Recognizing the importance we place on society's influences can aid us in understanding how to curb how we react. If we follow the trends, we must question how it fits into or compliments our lifestyle. Buying something we don't need or want just because we have seen it on TV or read about it in a magazine is not a sound reason for making a purchase.

Sure changes in technology or decor are influential and we need to be aware of what's going on around us. But, consider if those influences are truly beneficial to bring them into your home. Ask yourself if you have room to add something new, or if you will really use it, or if you really need it. Consider if it will positively impact your life or are you just buying it because you feel the need to keep up.

Why bring into your life something that will divert attention from things that really matter or clutter your environment? Be selective about your buying decisions. Think about how your environment will change. Consider how it will affect others in the home and if your purchases are worth the investment.

Enjoy your life but watch out that you don't make decisions based on what others want.

It's as simple as that.


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