Getting rid of clutter can be a time-consuming and nerve-wracking task. Decluttering can be a difficult process because there are so many options for what to keep and what to discard. Are you having a hard time letting go of some things? Take 10 minutes to ask yourself these ten straightforward questions!
Decluttering has many advantages:
- Cleans and organizes your home
- Stress and anxiety are reduced as a result.
- It’s easier to concentrate because there are less distractions.
- Spontaneous transmission of disease is less likely
When Decluttering, what questions should you ask yourself?
Is this a favorite of yours?
Do you genuinely adore the object in question? In your hands, does it make you feel better about yourself? Is it something that makes you happy? Do you find it upsetting, or does it make you feel better? What would it mean to you if you no longer have this item?
Even though you enjoyed it in the past, the most important thing is to live in the today. It’s time to get go of the item if you don’t enjoy it right now.
What percentage of the time?
On average, how often do you use this particular product? Is it still working for you? Once, twice, three times? To determine if the item in question is worth keeping or tossing, ask yourself the following questions:.
Is there more than one of this item in your possession?
As time passes, people tend to forget what they already know. When it comes to decluttering, it’s important to bear in mind that the more things you keep, the more difficult it will be to keep your home tidy and clean.
If you have two of something, get rid of one and keep the other because you don’t need to have more than one. It’s hard to tell whether one is in better form. That one is yours to keep.
Is it possible to borrow this item from someone else?
Do you use the product on a regular basis? Could you borrow something you don’t use very often from a friend or family member when you really need it?
Is it something you would purchase again?
What would you do if you didn’t own this item? No, I wouldn’t buy it again if I could go back in time and know how much I love this thing and how frequently I use it.
Do you think you’d miss something if it was gone?
Imagining yourself without this particular item, how would you feel? Is there a lot of emotional attachment to it? Whether you can borrow it from someone else or find a replacement for the same function is a question that needs to be answered.
Surely you didn’t even know you have this item.
People tend to lose track of their possessions over time, especially if the item has lost its original purpose or significance. A lot of the time, if you can’t recall owning something, you’re also not using it.
Is this item better suited to someone else’s needs?
Even if you don’t use something as often as you thought you would or if you have multiples of anything, consider whether there is someone else who could use it more. Is this anything that’s been sought after? Would it be more popular if it were used more frequently by someone else? Is this particular item something you might be able to donate?
When you’re thinking about getting rid of anything, do you feel bad about it?
Does the thought of getting rid of the thing make you feel guilty? Keep a tight rein on what you allow inside your home and who has access to your possessions.
Trying to get rid of anything since it was given to you as a gift? Keep in mind that it’s quite OK to get rid of unwanted gifts. No one else has possession of this object but you, not the person who was gifted it. In this scenario, imagine that you bought someone an expensive gift, only to discover that they were just keeping it because they feared repercussions should they ever give it away. Would you encourage this person to get rid of the item? You’re likely to experience the same.
Do you feel bad about blowing your budget on this particular purchase? To put things in perspective, the money has already been spent, so there’s no turning back and getting a second chance at this. Think about whether or not you can recoup your investment by reselling this item. To answer your question, if so, go for it! It’s fine to toss away or donate the item if you don’t like it, but make sure you’re more mindful when you shop next time.
What is the reason for keeping this item on hand?
Keep an open mind and be realistic about your goals. What are your chances of actually using this product? When? If you are unable to answer these questions, set a time restriction for yourself. Get rid of the thing if you don’t use it within the time restriction you set for yourself.
Your decluttering approach was aided by which of these questions the most. Let me know what you think in the comments section.