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Buffer bin

So, you’ve made your inventory, then went through your big cut. Now what? Well, if you’re a regular human being, be prepared for some serious case of reducer’s remorse, which you can think of as the opposite of buyer’s remorse: you’ve gotten rid of too many things, and you’re now realizing that among them, a few were truly needed. How do you roll some of them back in?

The answer is called the buffer bin. This bin is either real or metaphorical, and it is the one where you should put all the things that you are planning to get rid of. Before you sell them, donate them, or recycle them, just get them out of sight. Move them from their primary place to this buffer bin, and let them sit there for a while, just in case…

Then, after a few days or a few weeks, come back to your bin, and take another look at what you threw there. Most likely, you’ll have already forgotten most of it, and looking back at these old unwanted items will make you feel really good. From now on, you can really get rid of them. In the meantime, if you find yourself going through a case of reducer’s remorse, just reach out to your buffer bin and pull this much-needed item out.

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