Organizing “Red Flags”

in Blog, Uncategorized | by admin | on February 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment

There are phrases we, as organizers, hear over and over from our clients.  If you wave one of these red flags in front of us, you’d better know that we’re going to react!  Here’s a sampling…

n.b. This is a very brief overview.  Individual situations will vary, of course.

  1. If I ever (fill in the blank) I’ll need that.

    The truth is, most people never do those things on the “if I ever” list.  And if you ever do refinish the laundry room, lose 10 pounds, or go to a black-tie formal, you won’t remember that you have this whatever-it-is, or you won’t want to use it, or it won’t fit.  Treat yourself to a new one, in honour of achieving your goal.

  2. My (sister, great aunt Alice, boss, etc.) gave me that.

    Eeeww.  If it was a gift, it’s yours now.  If you don’t want it, get rid of it!  If your great aunt Alice is rude enough to come over and ask what you did with her gift, you don’t have to be polite in return.  I can’t say this enough – You do NOT have to keep it!

  3. I’m saving it for my children.

    Great.  Give it to them now.  And let go of any attachment to what they do with it.  And if (as often happens) your children don’t want it, give it to someone else.

  4. It’s not mine.

    Oh, I love this one.  “Then whose is it?” “I don’t know.” “How long have you had it?” “About 5 years.” “Honey, it’s yours now. Get rid of it if you don’t want it.”

  5. It was a wedding present…

    … from your first marriage, in 1982.  Or a souvenir from someone else’s wedding, or a baby shower gift from the birth of your son (who’s now working on his PhD).  Is it really an important reminder of that event?  Or is it just a dated and scruffy ornament you don’t need any more?

Fellow organizers – Are there other excuses you hear over and over?  Add them to the list.

Clients – What do you hear yourself or your family members saying, that causes you to hang onto stuff you don’t want?  Add it to the list.



1 Comment to “Organizing “Red Flags””

  1. admin Says:

    April 2nd, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Too true! If you don't know what it's for – and you haven't missed it – it's time to chuck it out. 

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