More Questions to Ask When De-cluttering

Most of the advice on de-cluttering, specifically in asking yourself whether or not to hold onto an item, centers around the three basics of:
Do I love it?  Do I use it?  Do I need to keep it (for legal reasons)?

In most Western societies, we all have way too much stuff.  I’m sure there are complex reasons why most of us like to hang onto it.  If you’re struggling with letting a few things go, here are some extra questions to ask yourself:

Photo: Loretta Humble

  1. When was the last time I used it?
    Many people say a year is the maximum resting time for an item; I feel two years is a little less rigid.
  2. When am I next planning to use it?
    Souvenirs, mementos and other memories may never feature in your life again. Do you really need them all?
  3. If I lost it in a fire, would I replace it?
  4. Read on for more questions to ask…


5 Things You’ll Find in an Organized Home

I get very irritated by organizing books which try to prescribe a one-size method of getting organized.  Rules like “run the dishwasher every night” are wasteful if you live alone. Instructions to manage your to-dos via “a binder with labeled sections” are too restrictive for smart-phone lovers. However, I do believe there are certain things [...]

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Vertical is Visible

Almost all of us think we need more storage space, when in fact, we just have way too much stuff.  When you work with a Professional Organizer, careful sorting and de-cluttering will always come before investing in new storage. But, say you’ve honestly gotten rid of everything you think you can, and you’re still feeling [...]

January 10, 2011 8

Seeking the Bay Area’s Messiest Closet

Do you have the most out-of-control closet in the San Francisco Bay Area? My good friends in the local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers are celebrating Get Organized Month by offering to swoop in and rescue your jam-packed, over-stuffed nightmare! I’m excited to be part of the team which is gearing up [...]

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