How I learnt to declutter my life with these five questions
We’re all prone to being hoarders, even if just a little bit. While we may not be on the level of appearing on a reality show about it, there’s always that lingering fear that we just can’t let go of things we know we don’t even need. Or at least, that’s what I feel here and there. Luckily, you can declutter your life when it’s time to get down to it, you just need to know how to get started.
And they don’t have to be old clothes you don’t want to get rid of, they could be items you never use or things you keep stuffing back into the bottom of the cupboard, but can bring yourself to kick to the curb. We’ve all been there, but I’ve found that asking myself a few simple questions powers up my logical thinking to tell myself, “Hey, Cassie. Don’t be a hoarder. Just don’t do that.”
Declutter your home by asking yourself…
Eventually, I end up finally throwing out those bits and pieces that are literally only playing the role of being the den for dust bunnies. I’ve found freedom in chucking my unused goods out, thanks to these nifty questions…
1. Have I used it in the last 12 months?
Chances are, no. And if I haven’t used it within this time, I’m not likely to in the near future.
2. Would I buy this again if I went shopping?
If I had my time over and got to take a trip down to the shops, would I spot this in the window and buy it all over again? It’s likely at this stage that I’m questioning why it caught my eye in the first place (I’m thinking of that hideous salmon jumper I hurled away the other weekend).
3. Is the reason I’m keeping it because I don’t want to waste hard-earned dollars?
If so, can I sell it for a few pennies on something like Carousell, eBay or Facebook Marketplace?
4. Do I find it sentimental? If it holds a valuable memory, is it worth keeping that memory at all?
It’s time to really ask the hard questions here—for example, is that memory a good or a bad one (past relationships should’t have you holding onto reminders).
5. Am I holding onto a broken item with plans to actually fix it?
It’s likely that if something is good and broken, I’m really not going to put in the hard yakkas to fix it up. That’s just me; but if you’re a busy-body that’s a little bit handy, maybe you will get around to it. Or maybe you won’t.
If you’re still struggling, it’s worth kicking your butt into gear by creating a to-do list. Make sure you crosscheck this everyday and sort through your house one step at a time. Tackle each space on individual days so you avoid getting overwhelmed, and take the time to check off each tasks as you go. Eventually,thinking about what you need to keep and what you’re able to tuck away as a keepsake will become a more productive thought process.