Expensive To Worthless

“Things have a way of going from expensive to worthless pretty quickly.” That was my husband’s innocent comment as he helped me unload a bolt of Belgian linen leftover from reupholstering some chairs.

coinimageAnd expensive it was. The estimate of the necessary yardage clearly over shot the mark. S
o the extra, which I’ll probably never use, will take up space, grow old, dusty and faded and eventually be tossed. That’s the sad tale of how imported linen went from expensive to worthless in the space of a few days.

My expensive to worthless mistake was the result of haphazard planning.

Odds are you can think of things in your life that fall into the “expensive to worthless” category too.

From Simplicity associates…

“The daring fashion must-have that doesn’t suit my age, body type, personality or lifestyle. The thrill of the expensive purchase quickly faded to reality. What I’ve bought I’ll probably never wear. And worse, every time I pass over this item in favor of something that really suits me, I get to feel bad all over again.”

This expensive to worthless wardrobe mistake was born of fanciful thinking.

“It’s much easier (and cheaper) to kindly decline to take an item in the first place than to make the hard decision to part with it. I speak from experience. I am the owner and keeper of Grandma Rose’s wedding china. Mind you, I never met Rose, it’s not my taste and it’s not in particularly great shape. But, I accepted it years ago because it was purported to have been the best of the best. How could I turn down this expensive gift? I purchased padded keepers and lidded containers to store it in my garage….Yep. Sucker.”

And this expensive to worthless lesson arose from guilt and unwillingness to admit that just because something was meaningful to someone else, it’s not meaningful to you.

It is much harder to let go of something (even if you don’t like it or use it) than it would have been to never acquire it in the first place. Getting rid of things makes us sadder than their acquisition made us happy.

So what’s the lesson? Beware of imprecise planning, fanciful thinking and unfounded guilt. And, be very careful about what you buy because once something makes the team, it’s painful to cut it from the team. “Expensive to worthless” mistakes go a long way toward explaining why our wallets are so thin and our houses are so cluttered.

By Robin McCoy, Professional Organizer, Simplicity Organizers


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