You have several options for getting rid of your stuff.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Give to someone else
Throw it away
What do I do with the stuff I keep?
Find a “home” for every item you decide to keep.
If you don’t know where to put it yet, consider giving it a temporary home until you figure out a better place to put it.
Try not to let things pile up simply because you don’t know where to put them yet, as that can cause more clutter and stress.
Questions to Ask Yourself While Decluttering
1) Do I use this item regularly?
If the answer is yes – keep it!
There’s no reason to get rid of something that you obviously love, need, and use.
2) Do I need this item for a specific reason or occasion?
Sometimes we own items that we don’t use on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, but we use consistently on special occasions.
Examples of this would be:
A formal dress you wear when a Sunday dress isn’t fancy enough
Picnic blanket and basket
These are perfectly reasonable items to hold on to, so what should you do with them?
Try to find a home for these items. Store them out of sight if possible, but keep them accessible for when you need them.
3) Have I used this in the last year?
Chances are if you haven’t used an item in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
If you have used it, take a look at some of the other questions on this list.
4) Will I use it within the next 6 months?
This goes back to some of those special occasion items, except this time I want you to consider if it’s a seasonal item, such as sweaters, coats, swimsuits, etc., that could possibly be stored until the right season rolls around.
There’s absolutely no need for you to display your fur-lined parka front and center in your closet when it’s the middle of the summer.
If you know you’re not going to use it, maybe it’s time to get rid of it.
5) Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose?
If you went through your home using only this question to declutter, you could probably fill several trash bags worth of stuff!
Do you really need 8 spatulas?
What about that quesadilla maker you never touch, since you always cook your quesadillas on the stovetop?
And nobody needs 5,000 pens just in case one runs out of ink.
Get rid of duplicate items and similar items. You’ll feel much lighter for it.
6) Is it easily replaceable if needed?
All of us keep items just in case we might need them in the future.
If the item is easily replaceable, let go of it. If you end up needing it someday, you’ll be able to replace it.
You’ll most likely forget you had one anyway.
7) Am I holding onto an item to fix or refinish in the future?
Either take action with it or get rid of it!
If you’ve held onto a broken item for ages and still haven’t fixed it, you probably don’t really need it.
If you’re wanting to refinish a piece of furniture, schedule some time to get it done, or let it go so another family can enjoy it.
8) Do I know what it is/what it goes to?
Most electronic cords and plugs can easily be replaced, and you’re most likely using the ones you really need already.
Don’t keep that box of cords and plugs.
Let someone else figure out what to do with them.
9) Is the only reason I’m keeping this so that I don’t waste money?
The money has already been spent.
If you’ve used the item, fantastic! You didn’t waste the money.
If you haven’t used it, you’ll really bless someone else when you pass a brand new item along to them.
10) Does it fit me or my home?
So many women live perpetually in a state of physical transition.
If I could just lose the baby weight.
I’m going to lose 50 lbs.
I’ll get tan enough to wear this next summer.
It’s time to let go of the clothes that don’t fit and don’t make you feel beautiful.
Then when you do lose that weight or whatever your goal is, you can reward yourself with some new clothes that you feel amazing in!
11) If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?
If the answer is no, get rid of it.
If the answer is yes, then absolutely keep it because it’s either useful or it brings you joy.
12) Is it worth my time to have it in my home?
Each item we allow to dwell in our homes takes up time.
It may be a few seconds a month, or several minutes a day, but every single item takes some amount of time.