What to Ask When Cleaning and Organizing

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 4, 2015)

When beginning an organizational task, deciding on what to keep and what to get rid of can be a fairly difficult task. This is only natural since people don't really want to get rid of their possessions. However, getting rid of extraneous items is often the only way that you can really organize anything. Here are a few questions to ask when organizing which will help you decide on what should be kept, and what should be gotten rid of.

  • Do you still use it? The very first thing that you should ask yourself is whether you still use that particular item or not. If you don't use it anymore, or haven't really used it in the last six months, then there is no reason that you should still have it. If you answer no to this question, then you should place this item into the discard pile.
  • Do you like it? Do you still like the item? If not, then you should get rid of it. People only really ever use things that they like, and leave those that they don't like to gather dust. For those items that you don't like anymore, then ask around to see if anyone else still likes it.
  • Does anyone like it? If no one in your home or office likes the item, then it really is time to get rid of it. While you may hold onto an item that you may not like simply because someone else in your home or office does, it makes no sense to hold onto something that no one really likes. Holding onto anything that no one really likes only leads to wasted space, and another item that collects dust.
  • Does this need something else? Often, items get set aside and forgotten about when they are missing something. Take stock of the item in question, and see if it is missing anything. If it is, see if you have what is needed on hand, or if you are willing to go out that same day and get a replacement part. For those items that you are not willing to get a replacement piece for, or that you are missing too many pieces, then simply get rid of it. The item is not doing you any good, and someone else may find a good use for it.
  • Where does it go? Everything should have a place. After all, there is an old saying that goes "A place for everything, and everything in its place." If you do not have space for that item, or even a place where you can store it until you need to use it, then get rid of it. Otherwise, you are contributing to clutter, which is the enemy of an organized space.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Build a Rain Garden

If you are interested in conserving water in your garden, you may want to consider a rain garden. This type of garden not ...

Discover More

Removing Deodorant and Antiperspirant Stains

If you happen to have a few white t-shirts, blouses, or button-up shirts, then chances are you know the pain of having to ...

Discover More

Understanding a Car Dealer's Invoice Price

While many people may not believe it, understanding a car dealer's invoice price can be a very helpful thing. In fact, by ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Tools

Do you want to make cleaning in your home simpler and more efficient? Be sure you have the right cleaning tools on hand to ...

Discover More

Cleaning Glass Tables

Because glass tables don't hide any amount of dust, grease or grime, you'll need to clean them often. Here are three easy ...

Discover More

Bug Bomb Cleanup

Bug bombs are a wonderfully effective method to get rid of an infestation of the creepy crawlies. The one item that makes ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight more than 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.