Get Organized and Start Living:
10 Questions to Take the Emotions out of Organizing
Decluttering can be overwhelming. We seem to attach ourselves to objects. It’s ok if you feel an emotional bond to material possessions, but you have to know when too much is too much.
We love our children’s artwork. When a loved one passes away, they leave us with their “treasures” and a constant reminder that they’re gone. And, quite often, life gets in the way and we suddenly own more than we should. However it came to be, we have to come to terms, as hard as it may be, that we only can keep so much.
To help you decide what to keep and what not to can be very stressful – so here are 10 useful questions to ask yourself when it’s time to start decluttering.
1. Is this something I use all the time?
2. If not, is it something I really love?
3. Am I keeping this out of obligation? If it has meaning to us, we should display it, with honor, on a bookshelf, in a curio cabinet, or in a picture frame.
4. Am I holding on to it because I think I should love it?
5. “I’m saving it ‘just in case’.” Isn’t that the greatest question that misguides us the most? Although there are things that we never know when we may need them, it is more often the exception than the rule. Years of hanging on to “just in case” objects can wreak havoc in your closet/storage spaces.
6. Do you have multiple items of this?
7. Do I need to have multiple items of the same thing?
8. It’s broken – am I REALLY going to fix it anytime soon?
9. It’s such a pain to clean – do I really want to spend valuable time doing that?
10. Is it taking up valuable space that I can use for another purpose?
Using these questions will really help keep you focused and, before you know it, you’ll realize that the less clutter in your home means less clutter in your mind and more time to enjoy life.
Get organized and start living!