If someone asks you if you’d like to enjoy more free time; feel calmer; and sleep better, what would you say?
 
Of course, who wouldn’t?
 
If that someone then says that those are all benefits of removing clutter from your home, why is it so difficult to keep an organized home?
 
We always have the best of intentions but it’s hard to stay on track. Before long, the little piles begin to grow until we’re staring at clutter once again and feeling familiar frustration.
 
I recently ran across an article written by Emily Co for popsugar.com. She asks different questions than the usual ones regarding clutter that allows for a razor sharp focus for dealing with it once and for all.
 
Remember that clearing clutter doesn’t mean boxing it and putting it into another closet. It means selling, donating, recycling, giving it away, or throwing it away. Here they are:
 

1. Have I used this in the last year?

If your answer is no, it’s time to toss.

2. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?

If the current you wouldn’t buy this item now, why would you even keep it?

3. Is the only thing that’s keeping me from disposing this item that I don’t want to waste money?

Think of it this way: you wasted money when you bought an item you don’t use.

4. Am I holding on to this for sentimental value?

Be strict and keep only a few of the items in a small memorabilia box. Then take a photo of items you are throwing away so you can keep them forever.

5. Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose?

If yes, then get rid of one of them.

6. Do I have a realistic plan to use this?

Remember, don’t lie to yourself about how perfect an item would be for Halloween. Make sure you have a concrete plan to use the item, and if you don’t use it within the time frame you set for yourself to use it, then toss it.

7. Does it fit me or my living space?

You may love it, but do you have space for the item or does it even suit you now? Think hard on what to keep — your space is sacred.

8. Am I holding on to the broken item to fix in the future?

Fix it now, or if you don’t get around to fixing in the next two weeks, then toss it.

 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Images courtesy POPSUGAR

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