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This is part 3 in a series about not using your home as a storage unit. In part 1, we discussed how your home should be for living; it should be filled with items that you use now and enjoy having around. In part 2, we reflected on whether or not we were storing any items for non-household members and what our motivations were behind those decisions. If feelings of resentment surface, this is a sign that it may be time to make some changes. In part 3, we will discuss how to set boundaries with those non-household members.
Are you storing other people’s items in your home? People who don’t actually live there?
… a grown child’s toys and memorabilia
… your brother’s furniture that doesn’t fit in his current home
… clothes or tools you borrowed from a friend
… items you inherited from deceased family members
… your great aunt’s furniture that you really don’t like
Working as a professional organizer, I find that many people do have other people’s belongings stored in their home. The reasons are vast and varied. (Link to Part 1: Your Home is Not a Storage Unit.)
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with having other people’s items in your home. But if you feel resentful about it, it may be time to take a closer look at why:
What is your motivation for keeping other people’s items?
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!
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