How to Decide What
to Keep When Decluttering
unsure of what to keep, and what to get rid of, when clearing your clutter?
WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
Some things serve a functional purpose, like a spoon, while others serve an emotional purpose, like photographs. To us, if something isn’t serving a definite purpose, it’s clutter.
Even if an item is completely functional, it may be useless to you. For example, we all know what a soccer ball is used for, but if you don’t play soccer, a perfectly functioning soccer ball is useless to you.
WHEN DID YOU LAST USE IT?
We use the things we need, and like. If you haven’t used something in 6-12 months, you likely don’t need it or don’t like it, and it’s cluttering your home and life.
WHEN I NEED THIS THING, IS THIS THE ONE I CHOSE?
When you get dressed, do you always chose the same, best fitting 3 pairs of jeans? Or, when you’re scrambling eggs, do you always chose the same, 2 pans? When you have multiple of something, identify how many of this thing you need, determine which are your favorites, and get rid the ones that are never used.
It’s true that we use 20% of what we own, 80% of the time. Ditch the 80% you rarely use— you’ll clear clutter and make more storage space for the 20% you do use.
PER CATEGORY, DOES THE QUANTITY MATCH USAGE?
When determining if you should keep something, consider how many of something you have and how often you use this category.
When sorting through your things, do some simple math to help you assess your things without bias. For example, if you live in Seattle, you may wear boots 100 days a year, so if you own 10 pairs, you wear each pair 10 times. If you live in Southern California, you may only wear boots 10 days a year, so if you own 10 pairs, you only wear each pair once a year.