Utterly Organized, Lead Organizer
Yes, it is.
As a professional organizer, I’ve spent hours going through boxes of ‘stuff’ with clients. The boxes have amassed over the years, are dusty and ignored. Then along comes a reason for them to be opened and their contents revealed. It’s like Christmas for some. Memories flood back, stories are shared; we laugh and listen. Sometimes the items belonged to their mothers, aunts, long gone friends or relatives. More shared stories. Sometimes tears. Toss, Donate, Sell, Keep piles begin to swell, boxes are marked. (I know it’s coming. Wait for it… wait for it…) “My stuff’s not worth anything?!”
Yes, it is.
You’re just going through the five stages of de-cluttering:
- Total desperation
- Calling in the troops
- The exhaustive work of sorting and going down memory lane
- The universal “My stuff’s not worth anything!” exclamation
Your stuff is worth something.
These boxes and piles are filled with memories, family history, and gifts from well intended loved ones. The reason they’re all still there is because you’ve been too busy living to go through them.
By the time you call us, you’ve decided you can’t stand looking at the clutter anymore. It’s not a simple process. Usually there’s a little embarrassment, urgency and much self blame. “I meant to get to this! I can’t believe I left this until the last minute! I don’t know why I saved this.”
‘Stuff’s’ monetary value varies. Through this process, vintage, antiques, art, collectibles, rare books, etc. are identified and appraised; items that are not old but in great shape can be consigned. Yard sales, estate sales can be planned. Charities welcome donations in good condition and will give you a tax receipt. (Have you been in their collection area? You think your basement is bad! Imagine sorting through all of that! Sort of puts it in perspective, doesn’t it?)
Your stuff is worth something. But it’s unrealistic to think you can recoup what you paid for it. By the time it gets an honorary place on your basement shelf, it’s not used enough to merit a spot in the prime real estate upstairs.
Our lives go through a natural ‘rightsizing’. Baby phase done? Don’t need baby things. Sewing once your passion, but no more? Don’t need so many sewing things. Love to read but now your eyes aren’t what they used to be? Time to shed some books so others can share them. Make some room for who you are now.
You bought these things and used them. They served you well. Pass them on so they can be valuable to someone else. Thank them for their service and give them a fitting farewell. Clean, organized shelves, holding only the things that are meaningful or useful for you today, no longer having to be ashamed to have someone see your basement, attic, bedroom, or (fill in location here ______); now that’s priceless.
Utterly Organized, a professional organizing firm serving the Louisville, KY area