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Making the Cut – How do you decide?

Tips and Tricks, June 2020

Making the Cut, quote of the month

“Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction.”
   – Nido Qubein
Hmmmmm – sounds like I wasn’t the first to come up with this concept. Slow and steady wins the race. 15 minutes a day of decluttering will yield great results and you won’t burn out. Give it a try.

Bring Your Own Clutter (B.Y.O.C.) Zoom Call
Thursday, June 11th at 11 am – 12 Noon

Making the cut, online organizingWe had a wonderful gathering on Zoom for our first BYOC call. I loved seeing and chatting with so many of you. Great questions and one person actually brought an item to talk through with the group. So – we must do it again! Bring something you don’t know what to do with or questions about your ‘stuff.’
FREE to all – you just need to email me so I can send you the Zoom link a day before the call. This is your one and only notification of this call so respond now.

Making the Cut – How Do You Decide?

Making the Cut, having less stuff

Objectively speaking, there’s a part of us that knows we don’t need all the things we have. We also know, in most cases, that we could help a friend or relative downsize their stuff in a heartbeat. So why is it so hard to do with our own stuff? Because it is. We attach all kinds of sentiment and value to the things we have….and sometimes there is no rational reason to keep this stuff….but we tell ourselves “We might need this” or “I’ll forget about this special time if I get rid of this souvenir.”
The only problem with keeping a lot of stuff is that we run out of room. Sometimes it becomes unsafe to walk in our homes. Sometimes we can’t find things we need because they’re buried or we forget where we put something because we didn’t have a proper home for it in the first place.
Let’s pause and think about some key questions to ask ourselves when it comes to deciding if something makes “the cut” of staying in the home.
  1. Will I miss this item if it’s gone?
  2. Can I take a picture of this item and let go of the actual item?
  3. Is there someone that I know who will appreciate the item so that I can let it go now?
  4. Is this something that is in really poor condition and needs to be disposed of, no matter how special it may be?
  5. If I am saving this because it belonged to someone I love(d), are there other items from this person that I may use or cherish more?
  6. Have I used this or seen this lately? (when the other questions don’t work!)
May I boldly suggest that you start in a corner or a room or a drawer of a cabinet or a pile in the closet….and ask yourself these questions. See if you can part with a little bit at a time.
“I wish I didn’t have all this new space,” said No. One. Ever.
Stay safe and stay well. Miss you all!

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