Letting go of stuff is hard work. Besides your every present thought that “I might need this,” there is a pull at your heartstrings of an emotional attachment and a pull at your purse strings for what you paid for that stuff. As I meet with clients, we are sorting through their items and asking questions to help them make decisions to edit. Asking yourself questions to help you declutter makes this task easier.
Questions about use
Questions about use help you determine how often you use an item and if so, whether to keep it.
Do I love it or use it?
When was the last time I used it?
If it is less than $20 and it takes less than 20 minutes to get it again, can I let it go?
If you could fit in this right now, would you wear it?
Questions about quantity
Questions about quantity help you let go of excess.
How many of these do I need?
Would I buy this again today?
Where do I store it to find it again?
Questions for lifestyle
Questions about lifestyle help you acknowledge your feelings about an item.
Does this help me be my best self?
Will my future self use this?
Is this holding me back?
Questions about emotional attachment
Questions about emotional attachment define whether to keep an item or let it go.
Is this something that makes me sad or reminds me of a sad time?
Does this make me smile?
Do I honor it as a keepsake?
Questions about finances
Does this have value greater than $50?
Should I sell this or donate it?
Can it be a blessing to others who have great need?
As you are decluttering and editing, think about this question, will your life be better for editing your stuff? At the end of the day, less stuff means less to take care of and more life to experience.