A professional organizer has revealed her $20 makeover rule to help people decide whether or not they should give away unused items strewn around their home.
Emily, founder of Spaces by Emily, has nearly 100,000 followers Tik Tok, where she posts organizational advice. She went viral a few days ago after she shared her “hot tip on getting rid of intimidation”.
“If you’re trying to figure out whether or not to get rid of something, use this rule,” said the professional organizer from Los Angeles.
“If a repurchase costs less than $20, and you aren’t currently using it and haven’t done so in a while, get rid of it.”
Emily, a professional organizer and founder of Spaces by Emily, went viral after sharing her $20 cancellation rule
“If you’re trying to figure out if you want to get rid of something or not, use this rule,” she said. “If a repurchase costs less than $20, and you haven’t used it currently and haven’t done so in a while, get rid of it.”
In the caption, she explained that the base “works like a charm.”
“Distance yourself from things that won’t change your life if you end up buying them back (which you probably won’t),” she advised.
The video has been viewed over 2.2 million times and has inspired viewers to share how they decide when it’s time to let go.
“I recently heard a good rule…if you’re going to lose it, will you buy back? If not, get rid of it,” someone replied.
“My king if my house burns down, will I replace it?” someone else explained.
Another admitted: “Every time I refuse something and throw something I need in a week!”
However, some were angered by the tip, saying it was a sign of her “privilege”.
In the caption, she added, “Distance yourself from things that won’t change your life if you end up buying them back (which you probably won’t).”
The video has been viewed more than 2.2 million times and inspired viewers to share how they decide when it’s time to let go of something, but some thought it was a “stand-out” situation.
“No, I’m not rich in California yet. $20 is a lot,” one wrote, while another added, “Um but $20 is a lot these days…”
“Oh my God, that’s a privileged position,” another insisted.
Some viewers came to Emily’s defense by stating what she meant, with one explaining that you would “never end up rebuilding” the item in question because you “never needed it”.
Emily also filmed a follow-up video in response to the backlash.
I wasn’t trying to say you should get rid of everything in your house that’s under $20. She said it made no sense at all.
Emily filmed a follow-up video in response to the backlash, explaining that she never said you had to get rid of everything in your house that’s under $20.
“All I was trying to say is if you’re really on your faltering journey… go with the less expensive stuff,” she explained.
Emily added that when she says get rid of, she means to donate, recycle, or bring home the item
“All I was trying to say is if you’re really on your faltering journey, you’re already going through your house trying to cut back on things and get rid of them, then start with the things that are less expensive.”
She noted that you probably won’t have to buy back the item in question because you didn’t use it in the first place, but if you do, it won’t cost you a fortune.
She continued, “Yeah, $20 can be a lot for someone, but I’m just trying to say it’s not expensive stuff like over $100.”
Second, when I say get rid of it, I don’t mean throw it in the trash. I mean donate, recycle (or) bring home to people you know will use them.
If you look at my other videos, I’m talking about things like buy-n-nothing combos. I’m very environmentally conscious and recycling and all that. So I was just trying to make a quick video.
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