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|The Decluttering Questions:
Do I love this item?
Have I used it in the past year?
Is it really garbage?
Do I have another one that better?
Does it have sentimental value that causes me to love it?
Does it give me guilt and make me sad when I see it?
What does this represent?
Why am I afraid to get rid of it?
How long am I going to carry it around?
Does it bless my fmaily? Could it bless someone else's family?
Try reverse-cleaning! It works really well if you're moving Pack up everything you LOVE, NEED and can't bear to part with. Put it in boxes and seal it off. Then tackle the leftovers - Trash, Give away, Sell, Replace.
The trick is you can't have any of your good stuff until you have an empty room, meaning all the other items were dealt with. It was really enlightening when I pack up all the clothes I actually wear and my closet still looked full! It isn't the most comfortable living situation but it's very interesting.
You know, I really like this idea because it's giving the energy to what you want/need rather than focusing on what you don't want/need. I would be really interested in whether this helps people to declutter from a psychological point of view. I would guess yes, because people almost never declutter as ruthlessly when they stay in a home and "get rid of stuff" as when they are doing an expensive long-distance move where there may be drastic limitations on what volume/weight of stuff you can take. In the latter situation you are getting down to brass tacks: "can I live without this thing?".
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