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.
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.