I am working through the 30 Day Declutter Challenge, and it’s going really well. It’s been a lot easier than I thought it would be to get rid of our extra stuff. It feels good to throw things away or to be able to donate it to people who could really use it.
Slowly, my house is getting a little more spacious and less cluttered with each area that I’m working to purge.
There have, however, been a few objects along the way that I have had to set aside to really contemplate what I should do with them. Instead of pushing them farther into the closet to avoid having to make a decision about it, (which would normally be my first response) I found a few questions to help me…
1. Do I use it regularly?
If it has sat in a closet for over six months do I really need it? Case and point: My mixing bowls are a staple! I whip those puppies out just about every day, but that large platter I bought for that one party we had two years ago is still taking up space in my cabinet. And the funny thing is, it’s probably not even worth five bucks…
2. Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose?
True story, my grandma had a closet full of every color of polyester pants you can imagine with some duplicates of the same color. She was a classy, matching lady, but the truth of the matter was she could only wear one pair at a time. Lesson learned: say goodbye to multiples even if they are the perfect shade of lavender polyester!
3. Is it worth the time I spend cleaning, storing, and maintaining it?
There is no point in wasting my time by organizing the same twenty balls of yarn that I always rummage through to find the only two colors I actually do use. If I find myself having to organize it all the time, that usually means I need to clear out the clutter.
4. Am I keeping this out of obligation, just in case, or to someday fix it?
I have to remind myself… No, there is not a hidden camera in my house sending video proof of me throwing away gifts that people have gotten me…
5. Do I love it?
For me, this is a great question when it comes to things like décor or objects I hold onto for the purpose of sentiment or beauty. If it is genuinely beautiful and special to me, it’s a keeper. If not, it’s just taking up space and I need to be like Elsa, and just “Let It Go…”