The biggest speedbump for most people is what I call the “maybe I’ll need this” moment, as you set the item back into the drawer to be decluttered again this time next year.
My advice: It’s time to be ruthless. Ask yourself these 5 questions:
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Use the "5 Rules" to declutter one tiny area at home.
1. Have I used this item in the past year?
If it hasn’t been worn, used, or loved since last fall, let it go.
2. Will I use it in the year ahead?
Try to resist any thoughts about how you “might” use it, and think more realistically: Will you use it? If you don’t have a real need or plan to do something with it, the answer is “no.”
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3. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this again?
Does it work? Does it fit? Do you have another thing that does the same job? Do you even like it anymore?
4. If it is broken, is it worth fixing?
Ask yourself if you would use the broken item if it were in good shape, and whether it would be more cost effective to fix it or replace it? And will you actually get it done? Soon?
5. Would I keep this if I moved?
I just went through this and was determined to move with only things that I use and/or love. Would it be worth packing up, moving, and unpacking in a new space? We tend to be a little more ruthless and honest with ourselves about what stays and what goes when we’re moving from one home to another.
Now that you know the rules, your assignment today is to use them to declutter one tiny spot at home. Choose a drawer in your kitchen, a bin under the bed, or a cabinet in the bathroom. Take everything out and put each item through the five-question assessment. Keepers go back in the drawer, bin, or cabinet, and the tossers go into your boxes.