Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Eliminating Clutter

Eliminating Clutter 

When trying to decide whether or not to keep an item, use the following checklist to understand if you really need it.


Check all that apply:


I may need it later.

It holds sentimental value to me.

I do not want to waste it.

Someone gave it to me, and I don’t want to hurt their feelings.

It helps me remember something (trip, year, etc…).

I like it.

It is broken and needs to be fixed.

I’m going to write a book on this topic or experience someday.

The plant may come back.

To throw away a gift from a long lost friend ends the relationship for good.

It is my visual history and identity for my life.

It will solve another problem.

I over-bought, over-prepared, over-estimated and now have to live with it.

The activity is important but there is no room to make a zone.

I want to sort it but feel overwhelmed.

I want to sort it but need an entire weekend, maybe even a week.

I love it and it loves me.

If I love it, why not buy more?

I may need these notes for a future class.

In case of emergency, I may need this.



Think about the sorting process.  When keeping an item, do you want to have a range of reasons from positive (logical) reasons to keeping something to negative (illogical) reasons?

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