When we’re assessing clutter prior to getting our organize-on, we almost always find that there are too many things being held onto. The initial reaction from most people is recoil to the suggestion of paring down some things.
We get it, we really really get it. Sentimental attachment to items can be very strong. But when you’re working in a room of your house that desperately needs to be organized, consider that that space might not actually offer the amount of room you’d like to keep all those items. And when you start going through the items one by one, and consider the thought process below, you’ll likely find that you don’t actually need, or even want a lot of the things that have been taking up your precious space for so long.
In the 40’s and 50’s, people just didn’t have the amount of things we have now. They had the space that we have, but they chose not to use it like we do. There weren’t credit card companies advertising compelling and convincing you that you needed that vacation, that extra pair of shoes, that newer and more expensive car. They offer you a way to get those items and subliminally allow you to not worry about the repercussions. Obviously bad credit can be one of them, but an excess of “stuff” is another very loud reality for a lot of us.
Credit cards is how a lot of this can happen, but so are massively discounted items (refer to a recent post on it here). Just a reminder to be aware of why you have the things you have. You might have only acquired them because they were a good price or there was a really great advertisement on them.
Take a look at this list to ask yourself, while you’re trying to decide how you can pare down the amount of things in a room; the first step to organizing:
Do I need this?
Is this something I use regularly?
If not, is this something I love?
Am I keeping it out of expectation?
Am I saving this just in case?
Do I have multiples of this?
Can I easily get another one should the need arise?
Could something else I own do the job?
Is this item worth the time or storage area?
Could I use this space for something else, more functional?
Where does it belong?
Do I have time to put it away immediately? If I wait, how long will it take me to stop procrastinating and put it away?
Go ahead and give this a shot, I know you’ll make some progress on your organizing project. Come back and let me know how you did when you’re done. And if you have any questions on it, feel free to hit me up!
Tidy on, soldiers!