Are you watching the KonMari series? It is seriously taking the world by storm. Many of us feel cluttered in our homes but this method teaches us the 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Rid of an Object. Here are the key elements of decluttering with a Konmarie Checklist to ask yourself.
One of the hardest part of organising is convincing yourself to let things go. Many times we have sentimental attachments to items, become afraid we may need it again, or just see too much value in it. This type of behavior can cause us to hang onto, or even hoard more stuff than we need or have room for. If you are struggling with letting things go, look below at 7 questions to ask yourself before getting rid of an object. These questions may help you reflect on why you are keeping the item and help you let it go with ease or keep it with purpose. These 7 questions make up the Konmarie Checklist that will help you make the best choices.
1. Does it bring me joy?
If you have been watching Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up series on Netflix, you will hear this phrase a lot. So what does it mean? Think about when you hold a favorite Christmas ornament or photo. Think about how you get that little thrill of joy and feel yourself smile and relax. When you hold an item, it should give you that joy. If it doesn’t, it may be time to let you go. Tick this off the Konmarie checklist.
2. Does the item have sentimental value?
The hardest items to let go of are sentimental ones. This may be a dress you wore to special event (even though it no longer fits or has a broken zipper) or a mug that belonged to your mother. There are lots of reasons we hold onto items, and the memories that they contain are a big reason. If the item has sentimental value, don’t rush into any decisions. Save these decisions for last once you have found a good groove.
3. Is the item still functional?
How many items are you hanging onto that no longer work, need to be fixed, etc.? When you are evaluating an item, don’t keep it with the thought that you will fix it later. If you haven’t fixed it yet, it wasn’t a priority and is safe to let go.
4. Do I have multiples?
How many can openers do you own? How many staplers? Many times we have multiples of items and don’t even realize it. While some things are ok to have in multiples (socks, underwear, silverware) other items just take up space. Start getting rid of those extras you don’t need.
5. Do I know someone who would appreciate this item?
Perhaps your child has clothes she has outgrown, but you wish she was still a baby so you keep the clothes to remember those days. Instead, why not give them to someone who will use and appreciate them? Local women’s shelters are always looking for baby clothes to clothe their precious little clients. What about that handbag you have that your friend always admired? Perhaps she would like to have it. Move items to along to people you know appreciate them.
6. Is the item causing me stress?
Are you spending time cleaning and organizing clothing and toys you never use? Chances are that causes you stress. If an item is causing you stress, it has no place in your home. Remove the items you no longer need and use and let the stress go out the door with it.
7. Could getting rid of the object provide me with new experiences?
Is there a movie you wanted to see? A mini trip you wanted to take? Are you craving a nice dinner out? Selling the items you no longer need can help you afford these new experiences. You will not only free up clutter when you sell valuable items you no longer use, but you free up space!
Are you ready to simplify and organise your life? Before you let anything go, ask yourself these questions. These 7 questions to ask yourself before getting rid of an item can help you achieve your goals! Use these questions as a Konmarie checklist to help you take control. Do also check out HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE KONMARI METHOD ON A BUDGET.