Do You Keep Things Because “They Might Come in Handy”?
We all find it tough to get rid of our things, especially if we spent money on them or if they have some kind of sentimental value. We even find it difficult to get rid of things we received as gifts even if we will never use them, because of guilt. If I had a dollar for every time a client said, “It might come handy,” I could take a trip to Paris!
Those things that “might come in handy” are often the very things that keep us from becoming as organized as we’d like to be. Yes, it might come handy. But, the question is, “Are you going to know where it is when you need it?”
My clients always assume that because we are organized, that everything in our homes is super neat. Hate to disappoint, but that’s not true at all. I would consider myself very organized, but I don’t live out of the Pottery Barn catalog (even though, I would love to!). No one lives in the catalog pictures – they are staged for photos.
My definition of being organized is to be able to find whatever you need in the shortest amount of time possible. If you asked me to borrow a screwdriver, I don’t have to say, “Let me think,” or search a number of different likely spots where it might be. No, if you want to borrow a screwdriver, I can easily go to my kitchen drawer or to the garage and know exactly where to find one.
Those “may come handy” items are always the tough ones. Yes, it may come handy one day, but if you don’t know where the item is located, or you need it so infrequently that you forget where you put it, it has automatically become clutter.