Is free stuff really free?

Free stuff. We love it don’t we? Whether it’s a beauty sample, a door prize or a simple goodie, the thrill of a free item enthralls us.

That is, until all those free items overtake our homes and spaces. Then the novelty wears off and we are forced to decide what to do with it all. Most of us are quick to use the excuse, ” But…it was free!” as a reason to hold on to it. Just like its close relative “But…that cost a fortune!” excuse, we often use an item’s value to determine whether or not we need to keep it.

However, value alone shouldn’t be the measuring stick for whether we hold onto things or not.

Value does not make an item valuable

Just because something is free doesn’t mean you have to keep it. And if you think about it, is it really “free” if it creates clutter that overwhelms you and imprisons you to a life of chaos?

As much as I love a good deal, “free” stuff isn’t always that great ~

  • it’s usually not made of good, quality material that will last
  • it offers short term satisfaction, but rarely serves a useful, lasting purpose in our lives
  • we don’t tend to value it as much because we don’t have a personal investment in it (i.e. our hard earned money)
  • too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing

So what should you do with your “free” stuff? If you use, need and love it then keep it; if not, let it go.

Don’t allow the price tag of an item, or lack thereof, keep you bogged down in clutter!

Extending an open hand

I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you about always accepting those free offers that are flashed in front of you.

We should be wary of collecting “free” items. Before you open your hand to the free offering, ask yourself:

  • do I really need it?
  • will it bring me lasting joy?
  • do I have space for it?

If you answer no to any of those questions, you don’t have to take it.

Free items can serve a purpose in our lives and bring us joy. However, if we stockpile all the free things we are given and refuse to let them go, then our free-dom is lost and we become enslaved to chaos and clutter. Make the choice today and let freedom ring in your home and life!

Originally published at on February 16, 2017.

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Liana George is an Organizer, Writer, and Speaker. Her mission is to inspire others in transforming their chaos into lasting order. Liana is married to Clint and together they have 2 beautiful adult daughters. When Liana isn’t organizing something you can find her curled up with a good book, watching/playing tennis, or planning her next dive adventure. You can visit her website at