Tuesday, January 10, 2017

8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter

With the holidays behind us and our Christmas decor packed up it's time for me to focus on decluttering and organizing our home. I often feel that the time between September and December is a bit messy for our family. Between 3 birthdays, the holidays and the change of seasons, our home isn't as tidy and organized as I would like. If there is one thing that gets neglected the most this time of year it's our home. Because the cold has arrived here and we are spending more and more of our time indoors I figured now would be the best time to start to work through our house, room by room, floor by floor and remove the clutter. What better why to start the new year than with a clean home filled with needs instead of wants and less mess?

The first thing I would recommend is to ask yourself these 8 questions when starting your purge. I find that if I can say no to the majority of these questions odds are I don't need to hang on to the item. I can either sell it, donate it, recycle it, give it away to family and friends or simply trash it.

1. Have I used it in the last year? If your answer is no, then it's time to toss. I find this question really weeds out unwanted kitchen and seasonal items.

2. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this? If you currently wouldn't be interested in buying this item, what makes you want to keep it? This is a great indicator that you may just like "stuff". It's time to purge.

3. Do I have similar items that serve the same purpose? If your answer is yes, then sadly you've wasted money on an item you don't use. Parting with this item allows you to use what you have on hand not have an abundance of unnecessary things taking up space in your home.

4. Am I holding on to this item as to not waste money? This is a big one for me. I don't want to waste our money but I'm sure that I hold on to items because I feel a sense of guilt that I haven't used them. But this could be a great item to resale and make back a bit of your investment.

5. Does this item hold sentimental meaning? This can be a tough one. Parting with items that have special meaning is always hard. But you can't hold on to everything that reminds you of a special moment or person. Pick your favorites and toss the rest.

6. Do I have a realistic plan to use this item? Confession: I have a tote full of Halloween decorations from Connor's first birthday that will never get (re) used. This is something I need to go through and rid myself of. He will be 5 this year and we haven't used a single bit of since his birthday. It's time to part ways.

7. Does it fit me or my current living space? This is a great way to rid yourself of clothing you've been holding onto. Our style changes so it's important to let go of pieces we know we won't wear again. Additionally if you don't use decorations or knickknacks because of lack of space there is no need to keep storing this items unless you plan to move within the next 9-12 months . Donate or give to someone who can use them.

8. Is this broke item worth keeping and fixing? Neither my husband or I are handy people. If something is broken odds are it will stay that way and we will purchase a replacement. If it's been broken for more than 90 days, chances are it's going to stay that way. Toss broken items; no one wants your broken goods.

Knowing where to start can be tough so I've put together a 21 day cleaning challenge for you. You can do this challenge in whatever order works for you but just clean an specific area each day, asking yourself one or more of the questions above to determine the importance of the item and clutter. Once you've completed that section mark it off and move onto the next space.

We are starting today and thanks to this list by the end of the month we will have completely decluttered our home. Being able to look around and see your home in order, free of messes and unnecessary items feels really good. Especially when you are stuck indoors thanks to cold weather.

What better way to start the new year off than with a clean home that doesn't stress you out over the mess and chaos? Happy cleaning friends!

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