Do you feel like you have too much stuff, but it’s really hard to decide what to actually get rid of? You’re definitely not alone. Usually, it’s not the physical work of actually going through each item that is so hard but the mental work of deciding what you should keep and what you should toss.
However, it’s so important to declutter. Here’s why:
- Once you get rid of something, you never ever have to touch it, clean it, dust it, move it, look at it, or organize it again.
- It’s completely free!
- Any organizing project will be much easier once you are rid of the things you don’t need, use, or love.
- You can often bless others with the things you don’t use anymore.
- It is so mentally freeing.
- You can find the things you do need, use, and love so much easier with all the clutter out of the way.
You’ve probably already heard all the standard questions you should ask yourself when you are determining what to keep. They are all good, valid questions. Things like:
- Do I use it regularly?
- Do I love it?
- Do I have a specific planned use for it?
- What would be the worst case scenario if I got rid of it?
- Do I have the space to store it?
But here’s one really helpful question that you might not have thought of before. When you pick up an item and are trying to decide whether or not to keep it, ask yourself this:
Would I still want to keep this item if I were moving?
For some reason, that question really changes things. When I move, the last thing I want to do is drag unnecessary stuff along. It’s more to pack, more to move, more to unpack, and more to cause clutter in the new place. Here’s the thing: you don’t actually have to be moving to ask yourself that question. Go ahead and ask yourself that about every item in your home, and I bet you’ll find it easier to part with things.
What about you? What questions help you declutter?
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