Do You Really Need to Save That?
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Do You Really Need to Save That?

by Sherry Piatti


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Unless it’s money, do you really need to save all those items you say you may need someday? If old magazines, clothes, shoes, unfinished projects, old eyeglasses, old tires, scrap pieces of lumber, metal, tubing, and other miscellaneous items were money, some people would be millionaires. So before you clean those carpets, wash those windows and dry clean those curtains, ask yourself some very eye opening questions, starting with the question, do you really need to save that?

While going through each room, closet, drawer and cabinet make note of the items you have stored and ask yourself when was the last time you used them? If your answer is a year or more, or you can’t remember when the last time was that you used it, then your answer suggests to get rid it.

After answering the question, do you really need to save that, either rid yourself of any excess items by hosting a garage sale, donating to Goodwill, St. Vincent De Paul, your favorite charity, or to a specific needy family.  You may even want to sell your treasures online in such places as,, or

With an uncluttered environment you will achieve greater sense of freedom, time to mange your life, a better home environment, and a more productive life! So don’t put off comfort and efficiency.  Start now by going through each room while answering the question, do you really need to save that?

The following are a few ideas to put you in control of your home or business, rather than your environment controlling you!

1.) If you are keeping items either because it reminds you of  someone or someplace you have been, then ask yourself whether you really want to live in a warehouse. Save sentimental items out of sense of joy, not obligation or guilt. If you have saved something for several years only to use it once or twice, or not at all, was storing it really worth it? Do you really need to save that tool, appliance or electronic?

2.) Recycle to reduce. Clothes, shoes, jewelry, pots, pans, glass jars, aluminum and plastics can all be recycled in some way. Recycle the empty containers, glass, plastic and aluminum to save the environment, not to store more items. Recycle shoes, clothing, bedding, linens, food and jackets to a family in need.

3.) If it’s not used on a regular basis, then it’s on the useless list. Get rid of it.

4.) Use most convenient spots on most used items. Find the best place for everything. If you have rid yourself of the unused items, then there should be plenty of convenient places for these regularly needed items.

RULE OF THUMB: If it takes you more than a minute or two to find what you are looking for, then your efficiency, or your memory is slipping.  This is a good sign that it’s time to reorganize and un-clutter.

5.) Get a file cabinet. But only for bills, important papers, warranty cards, instruction booklets, stamps, report cards, recipes and catalogs. If filed correctly, again you should be able to find what you need within a minute.

6.) Take one last tour of your home or business and give remaining items the do you really need to save that, test. Items left for display purposes should have a valid reason for being there. If it’s attractive yet non operable, then it still passes. But if it’s there only because the person who gave it to you will notice it missing, then get rid of it.

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Comfort.  Less stress.  Higher productivity. If those are not valid enough reasons to unclutter your life, then I suggest you start a warehouse business or a museum so you can at least make money off your treasures. Getting rid of those items you have been saving for so long will take a lot of courage.  I know you can do it!

Happy Cleaning!

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