Decluttering your home needs to happen regularly, especially if you have a family. You, your spouse, and your kids will accumulate lots of “stuff” throughout the year. Make it a point to declutter every room, closet, and space in your home at least once a year to keep things organized and under control.
When it comes to cleaning out your things, you may be overwhelmed. It's easy to not know where to begin. The following seven questions will help you decide what to tackle as well as what you should keep or get rid of.
7 Questions to Ask Yourself when Decluttering your Home
1. Has this item been used in the last year?
If the answer is “no”, toss it! It's doing you no good hanging out in your closet, basement or attic.
2. If I were out shopping today, would I purchase this item?
If you wouldn't spend the money on it today, you probably no longer need it.
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3. Does this item have sentimental value?
If you are looking at an heirloom, consider keeping it. If you have 50 of the same item from a family member, it may be wise to keep 3-4 of them and get rid of the rest.
4. Do I have more than one of this item, or something similar that will get the job done?
Many items can do more than one function these days. For example, if you have an Apple Watch, use it to track your steps rather than a separate activity tracker. If you have a Keurig, you don't need a separate machine for hot cocoa or coffee!
5. Is it broken and I am holding onto it so I can fix it?
A broken item isn't helping you or your life at all. Either fix it within the next 7 days or just toss it out.
6. Does this item fit me, my home, and my current lifestyle?
You may be tired of having decor and other items in your home. If you aren't really feeling it anymore, donate it to someone who could use it.
Unless you really plan to use something you've been storing away for months, it's time to part with it.
More Tips for Decluttering your Home
- As you declutter your home, make three piles. Once you've asked yourself these 7 questions, each item should land in one of the three piles: KEEP, DONATE, or TRASH.
- Work on one space at a time, and do not move onto another area until that one is complete. The completed projects will give you the motivation to continue until your entire home is decluttered.
- Donated items need to be taken out of your home ASAP. Leaving them to linger in the hall or garage may mean they never leave your house – some could end up back in storage because you change your mind!
Have you ever asked yourself these 7 questions when decluttering your home?