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.
Photo by lhumble.
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]