If you’re truly ready to organize your home, it may be time to face a hard truth. You’re probably holding on to a lot of stuff you really don’t need.
I’m going to give you a list of 10 important questions. As you banish the clutter from your home, answer these questions honestly. You will eliminate a lot of items and finally be able to organize your home.
10 Important Questions To Organize Your Home
1. When was the last time I wore or used this?
As you go through each area of your home, think about the last time you wore or used the items there. Our closets are usually full of clothes and we only wear a very small percentage of them frequently. If you are not using an item, get rid of it.
2. Do I feel obligated to keep this?
Sometimes we receive gifts or inherit items that we don’t like or that we know we won’t ever use. Don’t let guilt be a reason you hold onto clutter. You should feel guilty that the gift is covered in a layer of dust on some far corner of a shelf somewhere. There is someone out there who would fully appreciate and use the gift so let them have it.
3. How many do I have?
You don’t need duplicates of the same item in your home. If something breaks, you can always go out and purchase another at that time. Discard or donate anything in your home that serves a similar purpose as something else.
4. Does this match my decor?
If an item no longer fits (or never fit) with the rest of the decor in your home, you know the drill. Get rid of it.
5. Does this still work?
If it’s broken and you haven’t taken the time to get it fixed after a few weeks or even months, why is it still in your house? Clearly it is something you can, and have been, living without so it’s not a must-have.
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6. Is this still in style?
Fashions change in the blink of an eye. It’s a real struggle to keep up. Remove clothes that are no longer in style, donate them, throw them out or re-purpose them if you’re crafty.
7. Is this seasonal?
Seasonal items like Christmas decorations do not need to be stored in your home year round. Put them in storage bins in the garage or storage shed. Bring them into the house only when needed.
8. How much space does this item need?
Think twice before keeping bulky items around that you don’t absolutely need. Also, try trading in an item that serves just one purpose for another that has multiple uses. This way, you will be storing one item instead of several.
9. Is this worth keeping?
Items that are old, while they may function well, may not be worth keeping if there is something more efficient on the market. Think about the pros and cons and see if it is better to get rid of old possessions in favour of newer models.
10. Does this make me happy?
If an item genuinely makes you happy, keep it! If it doesn’t hold any sentimental value and you don’t thoroughly enjoy its use or presence, then you can throw it out.
It makes no sense organizing things you don’t need. The bottom line is that you need to be brutally honest and ruthless when trying to organize your home. Ask yourself these ten questions so you can be sure every item you keep has great value to you.