“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Gracious advice offered by the 19th Century designer and artist William Morris. Yet, almost every client I have ever worked with has a junk drawer or junk closet lurking in some corner of their home. The worst offenders harbor an entire junk (“Spare”; “Store”) room, filled with who-knows-what. What are these places really? Hideouts to stash all the stuff you can’t decide what to do with.
What starts as the room you’ll get around to doing something wonderful with – becomes the project you never get to. Before long it becomes the door you slide past while giving friends the grand tour of your home: “Ohhh, that’s just the junk room.” The financial loss weighs heavy on your mind as you calculate the square footage of the room multiplied by cost per square foot (not to mention the large volume of money spent on all the dormant objects inside). Wasted space is wasted opportunity…not only could this be the place where you can live more fully but it might also be an opportunity to bring much needed income, energy or people into your life.
New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern is an organizing and time-management expert, business productivity consultant and speaker. Her company, Julie Morgenstern Enterprises, is dedicated to using her philosophies and methods to provide a wide range of practical solutions that transform the way people and companies function.