Ditch Forgotten Items To Purge Hidden Clutter

Ditch Forgotten Items To Purge Hidden Clutter

We’ve all had the experience of cleaning out a desk drawer, closet or other graveyard for wayward items, and finding something we’d totally forgotten we even owned. Make it a habit to purge those items when you find them.

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If you own things you’re not even aware you own unless you stumble across them while accidentally rummaging in the bowels of your desk or spare bedroom closet they’re hardly of value to you. Professional organiser Pooja Gugnani writers over at the organisation blog Unclutterer:

Face amnesia. When you come across an item in your home or office that you had forgotten about, there’s a 50 percent chance that you didn’t miss it enough to go looking for it – and most likely it has lost its utility in your life. Feel comfortable getting rid of these things.

I relate to this sentiment strongly after cleaning out my workshop this weekend. I kept coming across old adaptors, computer components and other electronic debris that I’d completely forgotten I owned. At first I started trying to think of scenarios where I would need the item — and thus justify keeping it — but finally I had to admit that a 10-year-old sound card tucked in a dusty box hadn’t done much for me lately and probably wasn’t going to do anything in the future either.

Have a tip or trick for keeping clutter at bay? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

Mind Over Clutter [Unclutter]


  • I really need to go through my room and throw heaps of stuff out

    What i do when i do this, is look at an item, if i have not used it lately and can not think of a reason why i would need it i throw it out. If it can come in handy one day, it is stored in a big box underneath my Bed.

  • I was cleaning the shed at the weekend and found a machete I’d totally forgotten about (I’d rescued it when my father in law threw it out years ago). An hour later, after cleaning and sharpening it, I was using it to help chop down a palm tree in my father in law’s garden. His loss, my gain and then his gain again. Here’s to us hoarders!

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