If one of your resolutions is to get organized in the new year, keep in mind that decluttering and organizing is an ongoing process rather than a one-time thing. I like to think of it as a journey, rather than a destination.
To tackle a project in the coming months, start by considering your goals. Then be smart and start small rather than taking on too much at one time. Make sure to remove distractions such as phones, TV, pets, neighbors, and more. And don't push yourself too hard – remember to take breaks, drink lots of water, and stop for a snack break. Sorting and decluttering are the first, and most important, steps in any organizing project. But if you struggle with making decisions on what to let go, ask yourself these five questions:
Have I used this item in the last few years? Would someone else get more use out of it or appreciate it more? If the item has served its purpose for you, let it go to someone else who might need it.
Do I have items that are similar or serve the same purpose? If you have multiples of the same type of item, it might be time to let the duplicate items go to another household.
Am I holding on to this item for sentimental value only? Are the memories associated with the item good or bad? Allow yourself to rid your home of negative items, and display those that recall good times.
If I saw this item in a store, online, or at a garage sale today, would I buy it? If the answer is no, then it's time to let the item go. Styles change and trends come and go, so allow yourself to move on.
Do I have a realistic plan to use this item? Good intentions are great but if you don't have a specific purpose in mind, and a set time frame to use it, the item is just taking up space.
Would you like some assistance clearing clutter in 2022? I’m scheduling projects for spring now. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (608) 345-1836.