The benefits of living a clutter free life are well documented; better health, more freedom and less stress to name a few. The actual decluttering process can be very difficult and it can be hard to know where to start. You can read about my own experience here.
Surprise surprise, I like to keep things simple. There is a lot of information available on minimalism and decluttering and being the researcher that I am, I have read a lot of it. After all my research, these are the five questions I find myself asking when deciding what to keep and what to discard. I’m hoping you find them useful and they will save you some time.
1. WHAT IS IT’S PURPOSE?
Everything in our lives should have a purpose. If something doesn’t have a purpose, it is useless. Why would you want useless things in your life?
2. DO I HAVE SOMETHING ELSE THAT DOES THE SAME THING?
It’s shocking how many items we have that do exactly the same thing – I know someone with 4 vacuum cleaners! Duplicates are an easy place to start – they are not necessary.
3. WHEN DID I LAST USE IT?
If you haven’t used something in the last 6 months or 12 months in the case of seasonal items, the chances are that you never will – bye bye.
4. DOES IT MAKE ME TRULY HAPPY?
Knowing the answer to this takes a little more practice. It is so easy to answer yes – but I’d encourage you to take the time to really think about it and be honest with yourself. Go with your gut.
5. COULD I MANAGE WITHOUT IT?
If you haven’t used something in 6 months then you already know the answer to this one but sometimes we will use things that we could manage without. If you’re not sure, try living without it. If you can’t after say a few weeks, you have your answer.
As always, let me know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.