So what is the right thing to do? I hear so many stories when I am organizing a closet. Some of my favorite comments are: “I don’t know what I was thinking about when I bought that! Do you know how much that costs? At the time I thought it was the right thing to do”
How many can relate to that scenario? Stop, pause, look in your closet, you see it, you nervously giggle. What do you do with those purchases that you now regret? Many people have a hard time getting rid of items because of the cost or they never wore it.
You know what the same thing happens on life decisions we make. We make a decision to do something, thinking it was right, and later we wish we hadn’t.
Since neither of my parents had graduated from high school, they weren’t very supportive of my desire to go to college. My mentor at the time said “Lisa, if you think you ever want to stay home with children; don’t waste your parents’ money with college.” I valued her advice, and I knew I wouldn’t win the battle with my parents anyway, so I put my dream of going to college away. Twenty years later I went back to school. Not going to college early in life was not a permanent decision. My time home with my children was very valuable.
We can’t change what we have done or what we have purchased in the past; all we can do is move forward in making right choices. We can change our future. In organizing, it’s ok to get rid of things you are not using. You don’t have to keep it, because sometimes keeping it only makes you feel bad about the purchase. Clear the clutter and make that closet beautiful and useful.
Excerpt from my 2nd book Uncluttered: Discovering Strength & Purpose in the Chaos of Life.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Home Organizer, Author, Speaker