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Clarifying Questions to Help You Clear Clutter

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As you try to clean out a space in your home, you may find yourself stuck, as I did recently. I was reorganizing my linen closet and came across some beautiful designer pillowcases I had bought about a year ago. They were expensive and pretty but I never used them. The truth is, they didn’t ever really work in our home, but I held on to them because objectively they were nice, I had blown a bunch of money on them, and couldn’t fathom dropping them off at GoodWill.


 As I pondered what to do with them, I remembered a good family friend who was low on cash and I knew would love them. I delivered them to her and the next day she sent me a picture of the pillowcases on her bed with a lovely note. The whole event made me feel great – I had solved a problem (clearing clutter) and helped a friend!

Below is a list of questions that I have used in my own life and to help clients when they feel stuck:

* Could this item be useful/helpful for someone else?

* Would I buy this item for full price today?

* Would it impact my daily life not to have this item?

* Is this item worth the space it takes up in my home?

* Is this item adding value to my life now?

* Does this item energize or drain me?

* Does this item help to create the vision I have of my ideal space? i.e If you want your bedroom to feel like a spa, do the Snoopy sheets you’ve had since college help you get there? Hint: They do not.

What questions have you found helpful when you get stuck? Would love to hear from you!

photo credit: the city sage

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4 comments on “Clarifying Questions to Help You Clear Clutter

  1. so true sometimes we adore something we can live without … but less is more they told me…
    so when I clean up some places at home I give it to friends who need it or to a group who help
    people in need here in Belgium ….and you may believe me it feels great… more space and air
    in the room to enjoy! regards

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