Tired of Clutter? You are asking yourself the wrong question.

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Tired of clutter? You are asking yourself the wrong question.

Clutter is not only unattractive, but it also distracts us from what really matters. It can be overwhelming to try to organize. And very often a cluttered house leads to a cluttered mind. With 4 kids in a moderately small house, I was tired of clutter and I realized that organizing simply wasn’t enough. I needed to simplify and minimalize if I was going to achieve the clutter-free space that I wanted. So, I started the process.

But as I went, I quickly realized I was asking myself the wrong question.

It didn’t matter if I had decided to purge a closet, a room or a cupboard. I was asking myself, “What should I get rid of?” Wrong question. Our natural inclination is to hang on to things for a rainy day. We might need that someday. We have always been meaning to get around to using that. Oh, at some point I am going to do that project, make that thing, use those up there. Guess what? If you haven’t, you probably won’t. So, the question you need to ask yourself is, “What do I truly need to keep?” Wait. What? That’s right. We often look at this backwards. Rather than seeing what few items you can eliminate, ask yourself what you NEED to keep.

To narrow down the question even more, ask, “Do I USE this regularly?” If not, you probably don’t need it. For items that are not directly useful, “Is this truly beautiful, enriching and does it contribute to my happiness?” No? Pass it on to someone else. If you aren’t sure and still think, “Well, I really want to save it, because I am going to do this, with that thing.” Fine, then pick a day two months from now and mark your calendar to get rid of that item if you haven’t “done this with that thing” by then. Seriously. If you haven’t done it by then, you probably aren’t going to do it. And when you let go of that item, you will feel lighter, free-er. One less thing in the back of your mind that you don’t have to hang on to. I just used this system to purge my closet and it felt GREAT!

So, take the question you want to ask, which is, “what should I get rid of?” Turn it around. “What do I need to keep?”

Liberating isn’t it? Happy purging! Please share your minimalism tips with me below!

signatureIf you enjoyed this post and need some more motivation to de-clutter and minimalize, check out these posts from some of my favorite blogger friends:

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Clear Clutter in 15 minutes a day

How to easily declutter your life

How cleaning clutter can improve your health

Minimalist family – decluttering the kids room

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