Simplify Your Home (Sanctuary)

3 Questions to ask every time you Declutter

If you don’t change the thinking behind the behavior then decluttering every room in your house during one weekend isn’t going to be a long term solution. You’ll likely end up with the same problem just a few months later.

You have to find out why you have the clutter in the first place. Are you afraid to let go of things, because having them connects you to a fond memory? Do you buy things, because you want an instant feeling of happiness, even though you know that more stuff won’t make you happy? Are you saving things for your children or grandchildren, but don’t even know if they want it?

For most people just the thought of doing a major clean-out gives them anxiety. So they put it off and put it off and put it off … until they have no other choice. Well it doesn’t have to be like that. Start small. Start working on changing the mindset that led you to a cluttered space in the first place (hey … that rhymed).

While you’re working on your thinking, you can also be working on clearing out your spaces (your house, office, car, etc.). The two must happen together or it’s just a waste of time and energy (both physical and mental).

Here’s a great way to start ….

Find a box or bag (any sort of container you don’t mind letting go)

Carry that container around your space (house, office, car, etc.) and ask yourself these questions …

1. Do I use it?

If you don’t EVER bake and you have no plans of EVER doing it, why do you need a hand mixer, or a stand mixer, or a dozen cake pans? If you really don’t use something and you KNOW you’re not going to ever use, let it go.

2. Do I need it?

There are probably things in your house that you don’t use on a regular basis, but you might actually need them sometime fairly soon … like holiday decorations or stuff for one of your children’s upcoming weddings. You don’t use those things now, but you will need them at some point.

3. Do I like it?

We all decorate our homes and know that trends and our tastes change, sometimes considerably. So the stuff you have hanging on the wall might have been your favorite things ten years ago, but do you still like them? It’s the same with clothes, shoes, purses, sheets, etc. If you don’t ever use something, that’s a pretty good indicator that you don’t even really like it.

  I did it too.

A few weeks ago, I took my own advice and carried a box around our living room, dining room, and kitchen. When that box was full, I got another box … and another box … and another box. By the time we were done, we had filled six boxes with decorating stuff, kitchen appliances, books, etc. It was a great feeling and it took less than an hour. Now we love how the spaces look … less cluttered and more “us”.

Grab your decluttering container and just talk a walk around your space, armed with the 3 Questions …

1. Do I use it?

2. Do I need it?

3. Do I like it?


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2 thoughts on “3 Questions to ask every time you Declutter”

    1. Thank you. I hate it when decluttering “experts” tell people to do a massive clean out all at once. If they don’t deal with the reasons they have clutter, then they’re just going to end up right back where they started.

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