Why, oh why do we keep all this stuff? Here are the reasons I hear most often from my clients.
It was free!
Although it can be tempting to pick up a free item, it’s worth taking a moment to ponder whether it really has value for you.
Would you want it if you had to pay for it?
If the answer’s a resounding “No!” then leave it on the curb.
All too often, we can see a dozen creative possibilities in that forlorn-looking discard but ask yourself if you really have the time to transform someone else’s junk into art?
I got it free when I bought something else!
“It came with something else I bought. Actually, I bought something I don’t need because it came with something free that I also don’t need.”
We’ve all done this…but we don’t have to do it anymore!
Everyone likes to get a little something for free, but if you already have too much clutter invading your space, be wary of bringing any more in.
Decluttering and organizing are wonderful but if more stuff keeps coming into your home, things will soon be back to the way they were.
It was on sale!
“It was on sale! I don’t really have a use for it but it was such a good deal.”
Do you wish you could stop the flow of clutter into your home?
When we start to organize your space, a strange thing may happen.
Things on sale won’t call to you quite as much because you’ll be looking at them with an eye as to whether they’ll make your house look more or less spacious.
The money you’ll save from impulse shopping is another benefit of getting organized!
It was a gift!
Thank the person who gave you the gift. Now it’s yours.
If you like it, keep it. If you don’t, pass it on. The love that prompted them to give you the gift is yours to keep forever.
If the giver asks you where their gift is, smile and thank them again. Kindly redirect them onto a different topic, like a toddler who needs to be distracted. Smile as you help them talk about something else.
You can never have too many of these!
“I already have a lot of these but a few more never hurt. You can never have too many rolls of toilet paper/pencils/black cardigans/small carved statues of the Buddha.”
Let the store be the store.
You be the person who chooses to live in a beautiful, organized home without a year’s supply of toilet paper crammed under the bed.
Most of us live close enough to major shopping centers that we are in little danger of running out of anything! Although you don’t want to be running out to the store every evening, neither do you want to hold onto enough that you could open a branch of Costco in your home.
Someone else might really need it!
How much of your clutter is for someone who doesn’t even live with you?
It’s lovely to be generous, but your friends and family would much rather spend time with you than have all those things you’re saving up for them. If you can find them when you want to give them.
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