A new series on organizing your life, from Ask the Experts’ Elizabeth Tawney Gross
Why do we keep stuff? This post is the first in a series examining the reasons we keep stuff. In my 10 years as a professional organizer, I have heard a lot of justifications for keeping things. Many of them prevent a person from living the organized life they want now.
Clients often tell me they have to keep something because, “I paid good money for that,” or “It was expensive.” Many times it’s an item that is no longer needed or used. Sometimes they don’t even like the item anymore.
Frequently, I find that keeping it may be a way to avoid admitting spending too much on the item in the first place. I see this all the time with clothing. Even though something doesn’t fit or flatter, it was expensive, so it has to stay.