Organising Myths Busted Organising and Decluttering Means Getting Rid of Stuff You Want to Keep

By Isi Dixon

When people hear about what I do, which is Organising & Decluttering, they immediately think I make people get rid of all their prized possessions and will try to get rid of everything they want to keep. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Organising does not mean getting rid of everything. It does, however, mean getting rid of the following categories:

  • Broken items
  • Unused items
  • Stained items that cannot be cleaned
  • Items in disrepair that can’t/won’t be repaired
  • Items you hate
  • Items that bring up bad memories/bad feelings
  • Rubbish and junk

I am sure there are a few categories I’ve missed out, but you’ll get the idea.

Getting rid of all these items should only leave you with items that you use, items that you love and items that are of special meaning to you. Getting rid of all the redundant items in your house means that you now have more space to display and store the items you really want to keep.

There is also a big difference between items you want to keep and items you feel you should keep. Every Professional Organiser who is worth their money will explain the difference to you.

More items to get rid of

  • Unwanted presents

    You should not keep items out of feelings of guilt, because someone gave them to you as a present and you think it would make them feel bad if you got rid of that item. Turn it around and imagine you are giving someone a gift and you find out that they are only keeping it to please you. They are only holding on to it to make you feel better, they display it when they know you are coming to visit. Wouldn’t it make you feel incredibly guilty that you’ve given your friend something that burdens them in that way? A true friend would not want to burden their friends like that. A present is given because it is supposed to bring joy not guilt.

  • Items that are only kept because they were expensive to buy

    You cannot part with an item because you spent a lot of money on it. I can see the logic, you don’t want to waste money. But guess what – the money has already been wasted. You bought the item and you are not using it. Now you are potentially spending more on the item, to store it, to maintain it, to clean it – the item is now costing you valuable resources, and these are space, time, energy and maybe even more money (if you’re paying for storage for instance). Save yourself any more expense and get rid of the item, sell it to recoup some of the expense or donate it and let someone else have the benefit of the item. Put it down to experience, and think harder next time whether an item is really worth buying.

To sum up, organising does not mean getting rid of stuff you want to keep, but getting rid of stuff you don’t want to keep but for whatever reason think you should.

Isi Dixon is a Professional Organiser and Motivational Speaker in the Nottingham area of Great Britain. She specializes in helping homes and small businesses make more of their time and space. If you would like to find out more, please visit her website or her blog

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