Are you ever tempted to pick up FREE stuff on the side of the road?
I am currently working with a lovely lady to help her organise her paperwork.   She has had a lifetime to accumulate stuff and now lives in a small apartment.   Of course there is too much stuff, stuffpin-747x1024mainly paperwork & books, & we have been working diligently to cull & organise it.
My client is a clever lady who during her work career was a teacher & school principal.
At our last work session a dining table had been added to her lounge room.   She has a tiny apartment, already has a dining table squeezed in & using the space effectively is already a challenge.  Hence my dismay when I saw the dining table – on its side, & because it didn’t fit in the room, the legs had been badly damaged getting it into the room.  YES, she & her friend found it on the side of the road, YES it was free, but she has no need for it & it has limited tangible value (particularly now after the damage).
Why does the thought of something for FREE turn sane people into idiots!

  • Does it stop us thinking clearly?
  • Why take something you don’t need?
  • Wouldn’t it be better to leave it for someone who may actually need it?

Similarly, I am amazed by how often my clients 70+ are buying stuff at Op Shops they don’t need?

  • The thought of a bargain seems to take over.
  • Then the justification that it will make a great gift.
  • I see rooms in houses taken over with items from Op Shops – when I ask about the items, I am told “it is a gift for my daughter, granddaughter ….”  It starts piling up in the spare room, then any other available bedroom & then it spreads into living rooms, kitchens & so on.
  • The gifts don’t ever seem to be given as my clients gets overwhelmed by having too much stuff & subconsciously knowing their loved one doesn’t want it.  Yet the fact it was CHEAP or a BARGAIN takes over.

Again, why not leave the bargain for someone who actually needs it.
We need to stop & think about what is motivating our behaviours.
Free stuff that takes up valuable space in our homes has a cost – it costs us space & our time.  We seem to value the tangible item but not our time and space (intangible).
What is a good word for someone who takes something that is free they don’t need or buys something at an Op Shop they don’t need that then stops someone who needs it getting it?

Mary J Harnan BBus, Owner – founder – allsorter – 3a organiserAllsorters Logo blue rectangle ai-01
Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of clients.  I am an expert member of the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers & have achieved certificates in Chronic Disorganisation, Aging, Life Transitions, ADD & Hoarding from the Institute of Challenging Disorganization (USA).  I regularly speak about decluttering, downsizing & letting stuff go