A comment arrived from Donna just as I had finished writing yesterdays blog and it expanded on that subject so well that I got her permission to share it with you.
Here is what Donna wrote…
It really is liberating when you can go to the mall or elsewhere and browse around knowing you can like something without wanting to take it home with you. I had a baby 18 months ago, and my formerly organized and manageable house literally seemed to explode with stuff overnight. Since then I’ve been on a serious mission to declutter and streamline my life so I can spend more time with my daughter and husband. Now everything I own (or consider purchasing) gets the test:
- Do I want to clean you?
- Do I want to store you?
- Do I want to move you out of the way when looking for something else?
- Do you have a real purpose other than looking pretty?
- Will I be tired of you in six months?
- Do I want to pack you and unpack you when we move in a couple years?
An item that manages to sneak past the first few questions usually fails miserably on the pack and move question. Those questions are even working on things I thought I’d never get rid of – my book collection and crafting (sewing, jewelry making, and needlework) supplies. Yay for more space and less cluttered life!
I have added this list of decision making question to the ones I wrote in my post and made a page out of them. If in doubt use this page as a guide when working on your decluttering projects or better still when deciding if something you are considering buying truly fits within your requirements.
If you have any other suggestions to add to this guide please leave a comment or contact me through “Contact Colleen” under the “Page” Heading in the RH column of my Blog.
ITEM 150 OF 365 LESS THINGS
This turntable has had it’s day my husband has owned it for 27 years. He still managed to sell it on eBay for only mere $5 but at least it is being reused.