I’m much better at de-cluttering than I used to be. By which I mean, I make better decisions regarding what I want to keep, rather than trying to decide what to discard.
But one thing that helps me, when I get a bit dithery about making a decision, is taking a half-measure.
Rather than de-cluttering and disposing in one fell swoop, I pack things away – in a cupboard, in a suitcase, under the bed, whatever – just somewhere not obvious and where I can’t see them.
Then I re-visit them a couple of months later.
Quite often, there is a shame-faced realisation that I’d forgotten what was in the cupboard or suitcase. I had mentally let it go, long before I had even packed it away.
On the odd occasion, I will decide to retain an item. This can sometimes happen with a piece of clothing I got a bit tired of and seeing it again can re-kindle an old love. This is one of the reasons doing a capsule wardrobe seasonally suits me so well. I discover forgotten items of clothing that I haven’t seen for up to nine months and it’s like getting a whole new wardrobe!
If you feel you want to de-clutter, but find it too ‘final’, try the half measure:
- It can reduce the stress of having to make a definitive decision on an item
- By the time you re-visit it, your mind is pretty much made up
- It gives you time to reflect
- It makes future decisions a little easier
- You get familiar with what you are likely to let go of permanently
- If you change your mind, it’s easier to figure out why
- It stops the ‘all or nothing’ scenario – because quite often, it’s all too easy to choose nothing!
Hope this might help anyone who wants to start de-cluttering but has some concerns about the first step.
Have a great week 😊