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Dealing with I-might-need-it-some-day thoughts - Unclutterer

Dealing with I-might-need-it-some-day thoughts - Unclutterer
If your thoughts while uncluttering often include the phrase, "I might need it some day," it might be time to defeat this nefarious excuse, and finally let go of things you don't need. I totally get it. Why get rid of something you might need? I've got a scrap wood pile in the basement.


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“I might need it some day”

One thing that stops many of us in the process of decluttering is the worry that if we sell, trash, or donate an item (we rarely/ never use), we may need it someday. 



When you get rid of something...

... all that happens is that you'll have to buy or borrow the item, if you ever wanted/needed it. That's it.

There might be some costs to that, but the costs of keeping that item exist too: it might cost you to root through to find what you need, stress and guilt when you see it sitting there doing nothing and also useful storage space.


Ask the right question

Instead of asking yourself, “Will I need this some day?” consider the alternative question: “Is this stuff affecting the organized life I want?If the answer — the honest answer — is yes, it’s time to let it go.



"You're going to love helping me!"

"You're going to love helping me!"

Don't try and convince someone how much they will enjoy helping you. It reeks of control and is presumptive. It drains their joy out of helping.

How they feel is for them to decide.

A small favor

One common tactic is to portray the help we need as so small, that it is barely a favor. "Would you add these updates to the database? It won’t take you more than five minutes.”

It is conveying that you think the work the other person does is easy, quick, trivial and not very taxing. That’s not a great way to enlist help. You might also underestimate the size of the favor. Do not presume it won’t take them very long the next time you ask them for help.


While reciprocity does make people more likely to comply with the request, it also makes us feel controlled, which takes all the fun out of it.

Reminding someone that they owe you a favor does not create good feelings. Scorekeeping is fundamentally bad for relationships.

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Getting an early start

Getting an early start

Plan your morning the night before and stick to your plan. 
If a new task comes in that isn’t 100% urgent, designate a time that you’ll work on it uninterrupted or try to delegate the probl...

Deciding where to work

  • If you know you’re more likely to work from home, invest in comfortable furniture; you feel good it will inspire you to get work done.
  • If you want to join a local co-working space but are intimidated by the price point, ask about smaller memberships to start.

Prioritizing tasks

Don’t let your skepticism about productivity hacks get in the way of finding a technique that suits you and helps you get things done.
If you’re still having a hard time identifying priorities, try working backward by identifying work that’s definitely not a priority. Eliminate those items and assess what’s left.