One of the toughest things for people to let go of when they’re organizing are the inherently useful items. It’s the pencils, pens, cleaning rags, plastic drinking cups, Tupperware®, craft supplies, office supplies, and sticky notes that cause us to say “I can always use another one of those.” Sound familiar?

Keep this tip in mind:  No matter how useful something is, you only need so many of them! We don’t need 300 rags to wipe up spills, or 1000 pencils to write notes. No one does. :) And all this extra stuff just leads to clutter!

Next time you’re organizing, if you hear yourself saying “I can always use another _______,” stop and figure out how many you really need or how much space you have for that inherently useful thing. Then, when you’ve reached your limit, send the rest to a happier home—someone else’s home!

P.S. This is one of many organizing roadblocks discussed in Organizing 101. To find out your roadblocks (and how to get past them and get organized once and for all!) download Organizing 101.

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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