Confessions of a Personal Organizer

I have a confession to make:  I secretly worry that everything I declutter from my house, I will end up needing again! Whoa … what a relief to ‘say’ that out loud.

How do I deal with this? Well, it isn’t easy.  Since my closet is really down to the bare minimum, it can be a challenge to be strict with myself about what can stay and what has to go. I have learned that honesty is the best policy, and if I am unsure, I wait.

As a real-life example: I have one shirt right now that I am not sure whether I want to donate; the only way I wear it is under something else. The color is neutral and is not that flattering on me, but since I usually wear it under a sweater, I feel like it is useful. But … I have other shirts that I often wear under that sweater also.

 So I find myself going back and forth in my mind: it is useful? no, it isn’t … yes it is! Since I am being honest with myself, I simply say that I don’t know what the answer is. For now, I have put the shirt on a hanger in my closet with the hanger turned backwards (Hanging from the opposite side of the rod).  If I wear it within the next thirty days I will keep it. If not, off to donation it goes!

I sometimes worry that I will need it again, that an grey shirt could never be a bad thing … but the truth is, it isn’t flattering on me, and it doesn’t sit well on me, so I remind myself of that and then I feel better. After that, I take it to the donation bin!

What tricks do you use to make good decisions and decrease your worry?

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