10 things you should never throw away when decluttering - 'these are the things you'll regret later down the line'


The process of decluttering is made a lot easier if you have the right tools. The best organizers include a variety of containers to house different items, label makers and post it notes are just a few examples of things that can aid you with your home organization.

Christel Ferguson, founder of Space to Love insists that ‘you shouldn’t get rid of all the old bins and organizing tools that you may have used before, you may be able to reuse them’. Keep them stored away in a space where they’re not on show, we’re thinking a cupboard under the stairs or a wardrobe would be a great option.


Most of us gradually accumulate stuff over time, some of it not being ours, that we may have either borrowed or accidentally inherited. Even though it may be tempting to throw these things away when decluttering, it’s best to avoid doing so as the original owner of the item may want it back. Christel suggests that you ‘never throw away anything that is not yours, always ask permission first before getting rid of it’. This will stop any potential arguments or regret that may occur afterwards.


There are lots of items that are guilty of taking up space in our homes which can be discarded of when decluttering, however photos shouldn’t be one of them. Photos are never going to dominate a space and make it feel cluttered, they are small and often sentimental items that hold value to us.


Dedicate an area of your home to house all of your important documents. An obvious place would be in a cabinet or desk in a home office. Christel says ‘this is a no brainer. Never get rid of important documents such as birth certificates, car and home titles, insurance policies and loan documents’. Rather than seeing a pile of paper and immediately throwing it away without a second thought, invest in an efficient filing system that will make the process easier for you.


Shara Kay from SK Organizing says one of the most important things to remember when decluttering is to ‘save your precious space for things that are useful, meaningful, valuable or irreplaceable’. This sums up perfectly what your thought process should be before you throw anything away.


Trying to keep up with interior design trends can lead us into the trap of having things in our home that are simply there for aesthetic purposes. Although this can create a beautifully styled space, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of meaningful items and what effect they can have in your home and for your general well being.


Most of us are guilty of having a drawer in our homes that’s full of ‘emergency supplies’. This can include a first aid kit, extra batteries, remotes, key contact details but the mess it creates is just frustrating. Organize your emergency supplies in a way that keeps them neat and tidy and easily accessible, rather than throwing them away when decluttering a junk drawer. Use a drawer divider to separate the different items so it doesn’t look cluttered.


Decluttering often means getting rid of items that we don’t use or reach for. However, this is an exception to the rule. If you’re lucky enough to have family heirlooms, you shouldn’t avoid throwing these away.


Do you have items in your closet or in your home that were once a worthwhile investment but you don’t get the use or joy out of them anymore? Christel suggests asking yourself ‘if you have designer items that may be worth reselling? Not sure before donating it? Use a service that will tell you what it’s worth’. This way you will get clarification on whether or not you want to get rid of it for a quick sell or keep it as a long term investment when doing closet organization.


Have you inherited a family member's collectables over the years and are fed up with them taking up room? Or perhaps you used to collect something that no longer interests you. Instead of throwing them away, consider if they are easily replaceable or not.

The likely answer is that they aren’t, so do some research and see whether they are worth keeping. Be creative with how you display them and perhaps you can give them a new lease of life?

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