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A List Of 10 Questions To Ask Yourself When Trying To Declutter!

  

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Your home is your castle, your safe space, your calm place. If your home is over run with CRAP, then exactly how relaxing is it really? It’s not worth the constant stress of an eternally messy house! Trust me! It’s time to get serious about what you actually need versus what you think you need or what you want. 

  

When trying to declutter your home, or any other space for that matter, you have to be brutally honest with yourself. You can’t keep lying to yourself and expect anything to change. I have compiled a list of basic questions to ask yourself when trying to declutter, just to make it a little easier on you! Remember, BE BRUTALLY HONEST.

  

  

  

Do I use it regularly?

  

If you don’t use it regularly, what is the point of keeping it around?

  

  

  

Is it something that I love?

  

If you love it and it is something that means a lot to you, then by all means hold onto it! Yet if you don’t use it, you don’t absolutely love it, and it holds no sentimental value to you, then let it go!

  

  

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Am I keeping this out of obligation or expectation?

  

Are you holding onto this item because it’s something that you actually need and use regularly or have legitimate plans for? Or do you think that you MAY need it in the future? If you think you MAY need it in the future, how likely is it that such a situation will arise?

  

  

  

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Am I holding onto it because I think I should love it?

  

Is this something that you think you should love because you spend the money on it? Or maybe someone gifted it to you and you’re trying to spare their feelings? Remember, this is your home, not theirs. If this item is getting in the way of you feeling good in your own home, let it go!

  

  

  

  

Am I saving it “just in case”?

  

Are you holding onto this because you MAY want to use it for something SOMEDAY?? (Yes, I’m talking about the treadmill in the corner..) If you are holding onto an item “just in case”, how likely is it that a situation will arise where this item is needed?

  

  

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

   

Do I have multiples of this item?

  

If you have multiples of the same item, why?.. Is there a particular reason you need multiple of the same thing? If not, let it go!

  

  

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

  

Could something else that I own perform the same job?

  

If you have multiple items that perform the same task, what’s the point in keeping all of them? You do not need an electric can opener and a manual one.. Sorry but you don’t… 

  

  

   

Am I holding onto a broken item to fix?

  

Are you holding onto this broken item because you’re going to fix it SOMEDAY? Key word being SOMEDAY… If this is something that means a lot to you, and you’re actually going to fix it but just haven’t had the chance, then by all means hold onto it and start making your plans to fix it. BUT… If you can’t make honest plans with yourself for fixing it, then let’s be real, you’re probably not going to.. 

  

  

   

Is this item worth the time, money, and energy it takes to clean and store it?

  

If you find yourself groaning every time it’s time to clean this item, it’s probably time to just let it go.

  

  

  

Could I use this space for something else?

  

Do you keep wanting to use this space for something else but there’s a bunch of crap in the way? Just buck up and get it taken care of! That spare room full of extra STUFF would make a way better office, studio, or play room than it would a store room… 

  

  

    

Make your home feel like home again! And then kick back and relax with the ones that matter most!

  

Don’t allow yourself or your home to be over run. Take the initiative. Make the change. You will feel so much better afterwards!

  

Need some ideas about what to get rid of?? Check this out!

  

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