Buying Organizing Products does Not Help Decluttering!

Vickie Dellaquila - February 15, 2016 02:30 PM

Following last month’s theme of “getting organized” this year, try not to fall into the trap of buying more organizing products to become organized. Every January and February the theme of getting organized is in every magazine and store sales page. Old and new organizing products are rolled out promising to help you this year become organized! Do you think a product can really do that? Yes, there are great organizing products and tools out there; however they do not stop disorganization, only you can.

Here are some ideas to think about before purchasing your next organizing product:

•    DECLUTTER first before purchasing-spend time letting go of items no longer needed or wanted. You probably will not have as many items to organize once you de-clutter.

•    During the process of de-cluttering, ask yourself important questions like: Do you really use this? Can I replace it if I let it go?

•    Give yourself boundaries and limits on items. For example, you have a drawer that you use for t-shirts and once it is full, I either need to edit and let go of more shirts or not add to it until I do.

•    Pause before you buy a new item and decide if you need this item or do I already have 10 black t-shirts?
•    Think about how much time and energy it takes to make this product. Will I use it enough?

•    When you pay for an item, think about how many hours you need to work to pay for the item. It is worth it?

•    Just because it is on sale or clearance does not mean you need to buy it. If you are not going to use it, then it does not serve a purpose for you.
•    Try to recycle, repurpose things you already own to organize things. For example, small shallow boxes can be used for draw organizers.
•    The less you have in your life, the less time you need to devote to caring and organizing stuff.
•    If you decide you need to purchase organizing products, think about what you need to make it function well in your life.

There are a great number of organizing products available that I would recommend for many clients, but they need to implement the use of the product. I use many products in my business and in my personal life. Don’t just buy them believing the product will make you organized. Organizing is a process and needs to begin with each of us. You need to decide that you are ready to let go and live with less items in your life to have more time, energy, and space to enjoy the stuff you really want in your life.

Vickie Dellaquila is western Pennsylvania’s only Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® Inc. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life®. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move. Please visit

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