Questions About De-Cluttering

Have you ever said this lie to yourself?

Well, what if I or some other soul needs it some day?

There are plenty more of those kinds of clutter excuses where that came from, and if you ever catch yourself saying any of the following… think about this post!

WHILE YOU ARE DECLUTTERING (or trying to pretend to…)

  • 1. I’ll fix it some day
(No you won’t. Liar! LIAR! Pants on fire! 😛 )
  • 2. But.. just in case!
  • 3. Aww, I can always sell it in a garage sale or online if I don’t want it any more
  • 4. This will be worth something someday
(This is classic Grandma)
  • 5. What if my sister/brother/dog will be able to use it one day?
(And what if they reject it?)

Mentally slap yourself on the wrist if you say these things.


And when you shop, here are another 5 sets of questions that will help you keep clutter at bay:

1. Do I need or really want this?

2. Umm.. do I have somewhere to put this?
(No, the junk room doesn’t count)

3. Do I have this at home already?
(You probably do. When in doubt, leave it)

4. Is it just because it’s on sale that I suddenly want it? (YES!)

5. Have I been lusting after this for a while?
(This is my favourite excuse)


Simple questions, hard answers and decisions. Go forth, de-clutter, shop wisely and report back!

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.