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Getting Rid of the Clutter

Everywhere I go lately I hear about this new trend of tidying up your life. I may not be ready to go as far as Marie Kondo, but I do feel ready to tackle some of the clutter in my life.

Here is a handy clutter scale I came across that has help me organize and prioritize my possessions:

The clutter scale-

5 — Important items whose place in your home is non-negotiable. This could include prized possessions, glass, photos, business files, and office equipment.

4 — Items that are difficult to replace and items you use every day. Think of clothes, some furniture, a favorite sheet set, towels and jewelry.

3 — Items you use occasionally but haven’t used within the last six months.

2 — Items you rarely use but feel hesitant to toss.

1 — Items you never use, like seasonal items, specialized tools or kitchen gadgets.

As you sort your less important items, ask yourself the following questions:

Do I love it?
What’s the special story behind it?
Do I have the space for it?
Can I replace it?
Can I easily borrow it or rent it if I need it again?
Does it support my goals and values?
Does it compare to the items I ranked as a 5?
The clutter scale is a great way to get back in touch with your priorities.

Learn to organize life and stuff based on your values. You can choose to collect experiences — not things.

As you rid yourself of clutter and rank your possessions, don’t forget to take a few minutes to think about your goals and values. You’ll find your home to be much more intentional and peaceful if you do!


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