The best way to clean out your house is by asking this one question
Ah, January. The time of new beginnings. The time of the year that we decide to be someone else who lives better, eats better, and is just a better person in general. Yeah, there’s always the smart aleck that pledges to start smoking and gain weight, but even these sarcastic jokers would take some self improvement if it was offered to them.
What generally pops up on the top ten list for New Year’s Resolutions? Lose weight, stop smoking, be healthy, get out of debt…GET ORGANIZED. Yeah, that’s right, get organized. Sometimes we choose it because it’s the least daunting of the goals (I mean…who really wants to give up hot fudge sundaes for the indefinite future?!?!) and it still seems like we are doing something worthwhile. Which we are…if we actually ever take action on it.
If you’re that person that has decided to get organized this year (motives aside) I can make things really easy for you. Here’s what you need to do:
1: Enter the space you need to organize
2: Pick up each item in your space and ask yourself, “Do I love this item?” or (if it’s a bit more of a utilitarian item…read: stapler) “does this make my life better?” If the answer is yes, keep it. If the answer is no, throw it away, sell it, or donate it. Yes, it’s really that easy.
You know that feeling you get when you pull out your favorite dress? Or your favorite pair of jeans? (for a long time this was a pair of Gap jeans that were xtra-long and wrongly sized in my favor). That flutter of love and excitement because you feel incredible in what you wear? That’s the love I’m talking about. Life is too short for, “It does it’s job, I guess”. Unless you’re talking about paper clips, raise your standards a bit. Follow in the words of Williams Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
When you start really questioning whether you like (let alone love) your own belongings, you’ll be surprised with how much you’re willing to let go. So, let it go. Maybe even sell it and then use the money to buy things you actually love. It will be much easier than you think.