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10 ridiculously simple questions to help declutter your home

10 ridiculously simple questions to help you declutter your home fast, simplify and organise, and lead you to simple living. Cleanse your home and yourself. #firsttimemommy #declutteryourself #declutterhome #cleanses #simpleliving

How to declutter your home?

We love to buy, shop and then hoard things. But remember more things in your home means more clutter. In spite of holding myself back from shopping, I still end up with a full house. Hence, I declutter from time to time. I declutter, simplify and organise every three months to avoid feeling overwhelmed. There are 10 ridiculously simple questions to help declutter your home, but before that find out why should you declutter.

10 ridiculously simple questions to help you declutter your home fast, simplify and organise, and lead you to simple living. Cleanse your home and yourself. #firsttimemommy #declutteryourself #declutterhome #cleanses #simpleliving

How to declutter your home?

Why should you declutter?

Getting rid of things frees up space and your home looks neater and more organised. Also, when you declutter, it relieves stress and calms the mind as you feel a sense of control and accomplishment.

So, let’s get to these 10 ridiculously simple questions that help you declutter your home fast:

Am I prepared to get rid of things?

That’s one of the first questions to ask when decluttering. You should be emotionally and mentally prepared to get rid of things from your home and life. If you hold onto things, this project is a disaster from the word go. Take your time and strengthen your mind – it may take a day or two or weeks probably, but be absolutely sure before you start decluttering your home.

Would I buy this thing if I were to shop today?

I had bought this embroidered mat, it was a part of my trousseau. 10 years later, it was still there, rolled up and unused. Whenever I open it, I realise it just doesn’t go well with my living style – with my home anymore. I parted with it. Still 10 years is a ridiculously long time to realise that.

You are a different person than what you were when you bought that particular item. People evolve with time and style and preferences change too. If you wouldn’t buy this item again, then maybe you don’t need it any more.

Have I used it in the last one year? Or two?

You will be surprised at the number of things/clothes lying in your cupboards and closets which have never been used or worn or were taken out for outings a couple of times. If you haven’t used a particular item of shoes, clothing, bag – it is time to show it the door. Tell you what, this is my favourite way to decide what to get rid of and what to keep.

Am I holding this for sentimental value?

There was this gorgeous sari that my mother in law had gifted to me. I liked the sari, but it was just not me. I wore it once to please her, that’s it. I wouldn’t throw it thinking that she would be hurt, but in the process, I kept it in my wardrobe “unwillingly” for 5 long years. Then one fine day I decided to give the sari back to her saying that she would do it more justice that I could. She didn’t mind at all. If only I had done this thing before!!

So, if you are holding things for sentimental value – the first watch your husband gifted you, the first drawing your baby made for you, etc. – think hard – have these items served their purpose, can you use them in any other way? You can frame the drawing and it can be a wall décor instead of just lying in the drawer. I have seen people keeping torn and broken things as souvenirs. Remember, what matters is memories, and not things.

Do I have other similar items that serves its purpose?

You have two pairs of scissors, cork screws, electrical appliances – what for? What if the first one is broken or lost? Well, you can’t live your life in – what if?

If you have one or more things that serve the same purpose, maybe it’s time to give them away and make your home clutter free.

Can I fix this broken item and reuse it?

I had gifted my husband (then fiancé) a good quality watch just after we had got engaged. He got it repaired umpteen number of times but there was something faulty in that watch. He didn’t want to throw it as I had gifted it to him. I took the watch and threw it one day and released him from his feeling of guilt.

If things cannot be mended and reused, they’d better be shown the door.

Am I holding to this only so that I can use it ‘sometime’ in the future?

This happened to me quite a lot and I still fall victim to this sentiment more often than I’d care to admit. This future is very vague and frankly you wouldn’t want to keep a certain thing in the hope that it might be used. How about getting rid of it, freeing up that space and use it to fill it up with something you can use NOW.

Do I love it?

Some things we buy in the spur of the moment. It’s the red pair of stilettoes you had always wanted to buy or that LBD your friend coaxed you into buying. But months after the impromptu shopping, you realise that these stilettoes hurt and the LBD is just not your style. They don’t give you the same happiness or joy as they did when you had first bought them. Instead of keeping them close, give them away to someone who would value it.

Is it about the money?

Some things you end up hoarding just because there is monetary value attached to it. Maybe it was an expensive buy or a gift, and you don’t want to throw all that money away. Yes, true that – but how is that money helping you sitting in an obscure cupboard or corner of your home. Give it away to a person who would appreciate both the item and the money attached to it.

Am I absolutely sure of tossing it out?

After making the decision, if you’re still unsure, just sleep on it. If you still feel you can’t live without a certain item, you will know it. Pull it out of the giveaway bin in the morning.

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Hope these 10 ridiculously simple questions to help declutter your home will help you to declutter your home fast, help you simplify and organise and lead you to simple living.

12 Comments

  1. Oh, I cant give away the numeous sketch books that Mishti has filled up with her drawings since she was 3 years. She’s nine now and its six years;shifting 2 homes and those books move with us. I guess I hold on to it more than her. Sometimes she makes something and its just lying there but I want to keep it. Your post has got me to ask her today itself if she would want to keep all those or just give it away.

    • I can understand Aesha, because at the back of our mind, we have this thought – this will be the only souvenirs of our kids when they grow up. I did that too earlier, but then gradually, I removed most of them and kept only 1-2 drawings of a certain age/period to remind me her scribbles/doodles when she was 2 or 3. I am sure that’s the right step and very soon I will be able to do away with them too. Good to hear that you are thinking in that direction! Good luck!

  2. Ashvini Naik

    I’m just busy with decluttering & I’m dying to tell you how hard it is to part with things that you link your sentiments & emotions with. I find broken buttons, bracelets, earrings gifted by my then boyfriend-now husband (almost oxidised & missing the twin), top gifted by him (even if its out of fashion now), my daughter’s tiny dresses that were worn a zillion times & now make it a perfect mop cloth.

    But NO.

    Thanks, Anshu. This post has such useful commandments to help us declutter & it’s getting me to part with my old dresses (that are in no way associated with my husband’s choices) finally. I’ve packed them up to give away in charity.

    But the likes of the ones I just mentioned, I would never be able to, as I realized after passing them through the filters you wrote about, they don’t find a way out of my heart & discarding them would shatter my memories of those best moments.

    • True, Ashvini, it’s so hard when there is a memory or two attached with every one of them. But, remember decluttering is not only of the home or mind, but of the soul too. When you practise detachment from materialistic things – you actually free yourself from the past and can move forward and do great things. Try one thing at a time – and believe me, you will never regret the act. I have never remembered what I gave away – that’s what happens with things – out of sight, out of mind. 🙂

  3. Every time I declutter my cupboard, I find my hands on my Ghongroo, ones I bought when I joined the Kathak classes in school time. Many sentiments are attached to them and I can’t let them go. And I don’t even feel guilty for it. Because as far as other things are concerned, I buy only those which are absolutely necessary for the present. So, no extras. Only when they break or get faded, they are shown the dustbin.

    • mammaspeaks

      I can understand some things cannot be discarded… But there will come time when you will réalise you have outgrown your love or attachment to those ghunghroos too. Your present will become your past.Till then savour them shivangi.

  4. Oh I can SO relate to this post. I pretty much asked every single question on this list before I did my Declutter challenge 😀

    So refreshing to be able to let go and see a less-cluttered space.

    Did I tell you how it helped with my mental space too? Fewer things to worry about and therefore more time to spend on things/work that I love.

    Such a fabulous post, this!

    • mammaspeaks

      Thank you Shailaja. I remember your 30 day period de cluttering challenge. It would have been such a relief. I felt so light and happy everytime I give away somethings or show them the door. 😊

  5. I found this article so relatable. I always ask myself about sentimental value of a thing whenever I am decluttering my home. This was a lovely and useful read!

    • mammaspeaks

      Thank you Sapana. So glad to find kindred spirits who think and do like you. May our tribe grow.

  6. I have been on a decluttering trip since a few years and I still have many boxes to go. That should tell you the amount of stuff I have collected over the years and the unwillingness to part with it.

    This is more a process of the mind than anything else. I am getting in the habit of not buying things I dont need, saying no to gifts and keeping my inventory low!

    • mammaspeaks

      Few boxes, wow, I am intrigued. I liked the way you have put it shalini – it’s more of a process of the mind than anything. So true, once you make up your mind the battle is almost won.

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