Tips For Organizing Things When You Want To Keep Everything

Simply + Fiercely

As a shopaholic turned minimalist, I have a somewhat unique perspective when it comes to decluttering.

I can’t hate that side of myself because creativity and outside-the-box thinking have taken me far in life. But after a decade of minimalist living, I now know balance is essential.

Too much stuff is suffocating. It requires time, money and energy to maintain—resources that are in short supply for most people (myself included!).

The first step of the decluttering process is getting clear on your motivation. Don’t concern yourself with the ‘how’ just yet. Instead, focus on your why.

What is your reason for decluttering?

This is important because, at its heart, decluttering is a value proposition. We get rid of stuff if and only when the benefits of decluttering outweigh the benefits of hanging on—and if you’re struggling to let go, I bet you can guess which way the scales lean.

Ask yourself, “What do I love more than my stuff?” The next time you’re struggling to declutter, say that tradeoff you’re making out loud.

The best way to get started is by asking yourself the following questions:

Have you ever heard of the law of diminishing returns? It’s an economic concept where after a certain point, investing more leads to lower returns.

Too much of a good thing

Challenge yourself to define ‘how much is enough’. Don’t think about what you already have. Instead, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine the home and life you wish you had.

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