With Summer is in the air, it is time to clean!
There are many aspects to cleaning – cleaning, sorting, organizing and decluttering – and it can be all be quite daunting.
The cleaning part is the probably the easiest (notice, I didn’t say the most exciting) because it’s something that can be outsourced. You can get someone to help you or even “cheat” and hire a maid to get your cleaning done. You can also choose what level of clean you would like – light cleaning, deep cleaning or an all-out cleanse.
Sorting is more difficult because that means you have to go thru everything in order to determine what to keep and what not to keep. You have to make room to really spread out, make piles, read papers and decide what to do with them.
Organizing is a little harder to do, but it can be fun. You get to buy color coded organizational tools, new file folders, highlighters, pens and even storage units to hold everything.
Decluttering is probably the hardest to do because it encompasses all of the above. It involves sorting, organizing and cleaning. It’s a process and definitely takes time & patience to get thru everything you may have to get your place exactly how you want it to be. What do you keep? What should you throw away? Where should you put things you don’t use that much? What about stuff that is too big to be neatly tucked away or too small to be “hidden” with everything else?
If you ﬁnd yourself struggling to get rid of things as you sort & declutter, here are some questions to ask yourself as you go along:
- Does this really make me happy?
- Do I really need this?
- Do I already have one?
- When is the last time I’ve used this?
- Do I foresee myself using this in the next month?
- Am I worried I won’t be able to replace it?
- Will I have the money to replace it if I need to later on?
- Am I keeping this to hold onto the past?
- Is there someone else who can get more use out of this than I can right now?
Finding out the real reason you are holding onto things that you don’t use daily is important. Remind yourself that most things are replaceable if you need them later on. And the things that you love dearly that could never be replaced, are sure keepers. So declutter away & make room for new experiences in your life!