Do you hold onto things because you think you might need them someday? It’s tempting to believe in someday. However, I want you to reconsider and think about these possible scenarios.
Someday arrives and…
- You can’t find that specific item you’ve been holding onto for all these years. It’s not where you thought it was.
- The thing you saved is no longer in working condition and you have to purchase a new one.
- You can’t get at it because it’s buried under a pile of stuff.
- You’ve wasted so much time looking for it, you’ve decided it’s easier to make do without or to find an alternative solution.
- You’ve decided to let it go, but it no longer has any value. No one wants it, and you have to pay to get it out of your house.
In my 14 years of helping people organize their homes, these scenarios happen all the time. People cling to items thinking they will be of value at some point in the future. They can’t pinpoint when that timeframe is, so they use the word someday. However a much more common occurrence is the someday they’ve been waiting, and waiting and waiting for, never arrives!
I do want to point out the difference between being prepared for possible emergencies and disasters verses holding onto items for a hypothetical someday. When you build an emergency kit you’re taking precautions to protect you and your family. When you cling to items that you MIGHT use SOMEDAY you’re avoiding making a decision on these items.
Therefore I urge you to let go of someday! Make room for today.
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