Do you really need that item?

Decluttering 101: How to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.

Sorting Questions:

  1.  What is the item? 
    1. Look at the item, is it a pair of shoes or a pair of Nike shoes that have never been worn and still have the tags? The better you can identify an item now, the easier it will be to work with the item later when you decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss.
  2. What is the item used for?
    1. If you do not know its use, get rid of it.   If you think someone else might know, ask the person.  Put the item into their possession, don’t bother keeping it in your possession because it wasn’t important to you before and it presently is not important to you.  Look at it this way, when was the last time you forgot what a toilet was used for?  Why is that?
    2. Ask yourself: “Is this still a valid use?”  For instance, baby bottles aren’t as important when kids are grown up.
  3. How did this come into your possession?
    1. Don’t know or can’t remember, toss it.
    2. Did an important person in your life give it to you?
    3. Did you buy it?
      1. Think this through because the answers will help you to release it.  For instance, the baby stroller came to you when the baby was little, but at 20 years old now, baby is too big.  However, if it is still in good condition, consider donating it to someone with a small child or selling it online. 
  4. Is the reason this item is in your possession still important?
    1. If the situation has resolved itself, get rid of the item.  For instance, the baby grew up; or your high school days were 20 years ago!
    2. If this item carries with it guilt, chances are it is still important to you. 
      1. Look at the importance you have placed on the item closely.  It probably is not the item that is important, but the feelings associated with the person whom you associate with that item that is important.  For instance, I had a decorative tiki hut that was of no importance or value except that every time I looked at the little hut, it reminded me of a wonderful vacation I took with my family.  I felt guilty throwing away the hut because I felt like I was being disloyal to my family.  In reality, the hut was falling apart, and if you touched it, more of it broke off…messy, messy, messy!
    1. Understand that if you are throwing away an item you have been given by someone special, it does not mean that you have stopped loving them or you no longer see them as important.  There are cases when that is true, but in this instance, we are looking at eliminating some of the excess items taking up space somewhere in our environment that needs to be decluttered. 
  5. If a part of you can still see value in the item, (like an unused working umbrella), consider passing it on to someone else.  You can donate it to charity; give it to a family member or friend; or make a little money selling it somewhere.  Just because you have an item doesn’t mean you have to keep it.  Space is a finite matter.  When all the space is used up, where will you put the rest of the stuff that comes to you?

These are some of the ideas to think about when organizing your home.  Decluttering can help you regain space that is taken up by useless items.  If you are having difficulty with this process, Sharon at The HOS Systems is here to help.  Call (864) 448-8224 Tuesday through Saturday 9am until 6pm EST to schedule a time to have Sharon meet with you.  The HOS Systems uses Google DUO phone technology for the assessment.  DUO phone is a free app download from the Google store.  {English is our only language.}  Written November 2020.