Clutter is a big problem in the homes of many people. But equally challenging is deciding what to get rid of when you do get round to having a big clear out of your house. Never fear; this guide is here to give you a helping hand when you are trying to determine whether it should stay or it should go.
Is the Item Useful?
The first and most obvious question to ask is whether the item is actually useful. Many of us hold onto stuff under the false assumption that you will one day make use of it. If you have not used the item in the past year, there is every chance that you will never use it again. If you are still afraid that you may need it one day, you could stop it taking up premium space in your home by moving it to a lesser location like an attic or shed.
Do You Have Sentimental Feelings Towards the Item?
We keep some things because we have an emotional attachment to them and not because we actually need them. If it is one of these sentimental items, are you keeping it in good condition? Perhaps it would be better off on display in your home so that it is taking up wall space rather than storage space.
Do You Have Adequate Space for it?
The bigger items in your home provide a particular problem. These are the ones that you really have to make a decision about whether or not it is worth keeping. If you would still like to keep hold of it, you could always look into completing a self-storage price comparison. But you may have to make a difficult choice if you simply can’t justify holding onto it.
Is it Something That You Can Use Up?
The worst thing to do would be to hold onto something that is going to expire or go bad before you even have a chance to use it. If you are not in this habit already, you should look at rotating the items in your kitchen so that you use the ones with the shortest expiry date first. If you don’t do this, it is like throwing money in the bin.
What Need Does the Item Satisfy?
All objects that you own satisfy some sort of need – whether this is aesthetic, status, emotional etc. Be honest with yourself about which one the item is satisfying for you. It is very possible that your mindset is causing you to let clutter get on top of you, so doing a bit of independent analysis can be majorly beneficial.
Once you have answered these five questions, hopefully, you feel in a better place to tackle the clutter in your house. Many people find this to be a very cathartic experience which helps them to live a more minimalist life that is not centred on possessions so much.