Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:51

8 Questions to Help You Declutter

A few months ago, I worked with a client who really struggled to let go. She was moving into a small apartment and needed to downsize drastically. As we worked I found asking her questions about each item helped her make decisions a little easier.

In the kitchen I asked “Have you used this in the last year?” Quite quickly she was able to fill a large donation box of kitchen equipment.

Going through her wardrobe, the question was “Do you feel good in this?” We decided that her starting point would be whether she felt good in the item and if not, it would go. Two black bags to her favourite charity!

Working through her photographs we talked about happy, sad or bad memories. It didn’t take long for her to ditch all the photographs with bad memories. We followed that with cards, postcards and letters that didn’t bring a smile to her face.

Next came the ornamentals and our mantra became “Does it fit into the home you want to create?” We were able to fill another box for charity.

Paperwork followed and my question this time was “What is the worst that can happen if I let this go? Items like birth certificates, marriage documents, medical details and other important documents were put together in a file. We shredded years and years of accounts, statements and out of date information, and instead of four drawers of paperwork, we landed up with one filing box.

We helped her move, unpack and settle into her new apartment. Having tea with her before we left she said how easy we had made the downsizing process with all the questions we asked. It made her really think about why she was holding onto things, and why she shouldn’t.

Do you find it hard to declutter? Perhaps asking questions could help you.

Here are 8 questions to get you going:

  • Have I used it in the last year?
  • If I lost it, would I replace it?
  • Does it bring back happy memories?
  • Does it give me pleasure?
  • Does it fit the home I want to create now?
  • Do I feel good in this?
  • What is the worst that can happen if I let it go??
  • And lastly Marie Kondo says it best “Does it spark joy?”

Try it, what have you got to lose?

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