Decluttering Thought Of The Day – What If You Didn’t Throw Everything Away

A decluttering thought a day keeps the mess away! With the rise in popularity of methods such as the Marie Kondo one, it’s so hard not to be pressured to have a neat home. But do you wonder, what would happen if you didn’t throw everything away?

Did you know that the act of throwing things away activates a part of the brain that is responsible for pain? Maybe that’s why so many people find it hard to let go and tend to keep everything at home. But, with the tips listed below, you will  learn how to have a clean house without throwing items in the garbage.

How To Declutter Without Throwing Things

Rent A Storage Unit

We all know how hard it is to throw everything away, but the line to becoming a hoarder is such a thin one. That’s why I highly recommend renting a storage unit where you will  keep all your prized possessions.

The best thing about this tip is that it won’t cost you a fortune and it will solve all your problems. Start by planning and organizing, so that you know exactly the size of storage that you need. Once you have gathered all the items, you can start packing them in boxes or containers.

This is a great idea for when you’re not sure if you will still need the items just laying around the house. They will be safely tucked away out of sight, and you can visit the storage unit whenever you want to. If you don’t trust people moving your things, you can even hire a truck or a van and take care of the whole process by yourself.


There are so many charities in the need of things right now, it’s a shame if you threw yours away. Yes, cleaning at home might not make you feel better, but giving to the less fortunate will definitely do the job. If you don’t have an idea where to start, ask your friends and family whether they have experience with donating to organizations.

These are hard times for everyone, that’s why there is no need for you to declutter if you can visit a local shelter, a charity of your choice or simply give to people who you know need it.  This is a great idea for most items that you don’t want to end up in the garbage, including kids clothing, toys, appliances, extra food, supplies, literally anything you can think of.

The very noble thing about giving is that it will make someone’s life so much better. Imagine all those home office supplies that you never used making their way to a school and helping with children’s education. Or, an old bike that’s been in the garage for decades, being the first bike for a kid whose parents can’t afford it.

Repurpose Things

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These days it’s so easy to get DIY project ideas for everything that you don’t want to let go. Even if it is a simple ladder, you can colour it, and make it a part of your interior décor. Also, old planters can be turned into storage units, vases, candle holders and so much more.

Socks and t-shirts that you don’t wear anymore can be your new cleaning rags. As you can see, anything can have a new purpose and there is no need to get rid of it right away. 

Add More Shelves

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Shelves are the perfect storage solution because they don’t take too much space. They can fit into any room in your home, including kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, garage.

A messy kitchen can give a really  bad vibe, so if you have too many things and nowhere to put them, install new shelves. You can arrange appliances in a cute way, using old planters, jars, and vases. It’s a great  solution for clothing and shoes. It’s just another decluttering thought that can upgrade your organization skills. 

When you don’t want to put everything on display, add more shelves in your garage, laundry room, or any other spot where they will  be hidden away. Empty walls have great potential when it comes to making clutter disappear.

New Mindset

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I’d like to wrap things up with one of the most important tips when it comes to decluttering. If you don’t work on your mindset, most of these tips won’t do the job. Conscious living means that you will be buying less and only things that are necessary. That’s how you will  be doing your part in creating less waste.

Forget about impulse buying, and only get things that you actually need.  Not only will you be saving money, but you will  also always have a tidy home. Once you declutter without throwing things away, don’t go back to your old habits. Remember, this is a process you might need to repeat after a few months.


Decluttering is hard, but what happens when you’ve reached a new limit and your home is a mess? That’s when you can find alternatives that will let you keep everything such as getting a storage unit or give them a new purpose.

Now that you have  heard more about my decluttering thought of the day, what do you think would happen if you didn’t throw everything away? Yes, you will still live and you will have much more space around the house.You know what they say, your close surroundings can reflect what you feel inside. Having a neat house can help you be calmer and bring the joy you’ve never felt before. At the same time, you know that you will  either be keeping these things somewhere safe or you’re giving them to someone who will use them. If you still decide to declutter after reading this post, we have 12 genius hacks to give you a hand.

Kirsty Morbidelli – Facility Development ManagerKirsty Morbidelli is the U-Store-It Facility Development Manager whose years of experience in the industry allow her to develop and design customised and tailored self-storage training platforms that U-Store-it’s professional storage consultants use for better understanding their client’s needs before providing solutions to suit residential, business and corporate customer’s self-storage needs.