D IS FOR DETERMINE ITS USEFULNESS

August 30, 2012

I fully admit that I am a proud owner of a waffle iron.  I have been a proud owner of said waffle iron for over a decade.  And I have used this waffle iron about 10 times.  Does hanging on to my waffle iron go against my principals as a professional organizer?  Maybe a little.  But luckily I have a home for the waffle iron until my kitchen begins to become overcrowded.  At that point, I will probably have to part ways with my long time friend the waffle iron unless he starts to prove himself a part of our regular breakfast routine (which now that I have children may be the case.) 

Now you may be asking yourself "why the tale of the waffle iron?"  Because I want you to evaluate how often your use an item if you do not have a home for it.  (By the way the floor, overcluttered countertop, laundry basket in the corner of a bedroom, etc are not truly "homes" for an item.  But more on that when we get to the letter H.)  Can you keep an item like a waffle iron or espresso maker or bridesmaid's dress from your sister's wedding?  Of course you can.  But when it comes time to evaluate your stuff to space ratio, you have to determine if the cost of keeping the item you rarely use is worth the cost of losing out on the storage space to something else (or the cost of purchasing some sort of additional storage.)  Keeping something because you might someday use it or wear it but don't necessarily have space to store is NOT an option if you want an organized home.  Plain and simple.  (Sorry if that was harsh, I don't know what got into me.) 

UP NEXT:  E IS FOR EFFORT

In honor of the school year beginning, I will be exploring the ABC's of Organizing until the end of September. Check back daily to find out more!

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