Tag Archive for: de-clutter
One of the most common issues people face when organizing and downsizing is deciding what to keep. Here is a tool that is helpful during the decision making process. This tool is from the book, Organizing for Dummies by Eileen Roth and Elizabeth Miles.
When deciding to save or not use the acronym WASTE.
- W = worthwhile
- A = again
- S = somewhere else
- T = toss
- E = entire
This acronym is a great tool because it prompts us to ask questions regarding the usefulness of the items on which we’re deciding. We need to be honest with our answers and with our assessment of the items in question.
- Why is this item worthwhile to keep?
- When will we use it again within the next year?
- Can we find it easily somewhere else, if we need to?
- What will happen if we toss it?
- Do we need the entire thing? If not, keep what we need and toss the rest.
A second common issue people face when organizing and downsizing is deciding what to do with the items that aren’t being kept. The options are countless, but what I have witnessed over the years is that it’s helpful to find a donation destination that motivates us to let go of stuff. Let me share some of the most common ones that I use for myself and for my clients.
- Give to someone we know, friends, family, neighbors
- Always ask! Don’t assume people want things that you want to pass along to them.
- Donate to a non-profit organization that will give directly to those in need
- Donate to a resale organization
- Offer up for free
- Sell the items yourself
- Consign the items
©November 2021 Janine Cavanaugh, CPO All rights reserved
In order to reduce clutter, we need to get rid of more than we bring in. Think like a mathematician, the rate at which we bring things in needs to be less than the rate at which we remove things.
Tips on how to bring in less:
Tips on how to remove things:
Would you rather…
…wear a banana costume for a complete day (not on Halloween) or strategically remove all your clothes that don’t fit and flatter you?
…let go of 5 sentimental thing or let a tarantula crawl up your arm?
…thoroughly organize your junk drawer or jump off a high dive?
… have oral surgery or organize your kitchen cupboards?
…get rid of all your current tchotchkes or buy absolutely nothing for two whole weeks?
… wear a blindfold for a day or reduce your book collection by 50%?
…mow the lawn in your bathing suit or get rid of 10 items you’ve been holding onto for someday?
…donate 6 gifts you’ve received but don’t like, or shave your head?
…clear out and organize your file cabinet or tell your neighbors that you love them?
…spend $100.00 per month for a year on a storage unit or work with a Professional Organizer for 10 hours at a rate of $70.00 per hour?
So, what did you find out about yourself and your willingness to organize you spaces, places and stuff? I bet you realized that some decisions are easier than others. Please share your insights with me.
©September 2021 Janine Cavanaugh, CPO All rights reserved
Editing our possessions annually is a healthy organizing practice. This helps us prevent clutter build up. When editing our belongings there is one question we can ask ourselves to help us decide weather to keep or not keep something. That question is, “Would I buy it again if I didn’t already own it?”. If the answer is ‘no’ then let the item go.
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