Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Declutter Your Life by Asking 3 Practical Questions

Declutter Your Life

Are you surrounded by "stuff"? Are you unsure how to get rid of it? Or maybe you're thinking that you can use it at some later time? Or perhaps you just don't know how to tackle the heap that's cluttering up your space. Or where to start.

Relax. There is a process that can help you make the tough decisions.

When you're surrounded by clutter, there's a low-lying anxiety that attaches to you There have been studies that show it's this type of anxiety that can eventually lead to a heart attack. Not good.

But when we eliminate our clutter, there can be a huge sense of relief. Just yesterday, I experienced that sense of relief. Oh ya.

It's been 3 years since I have been able to kickbox for fitness. For some reason, I kept the equipment. I can't really explain why. It's been sitting in our basement, doing nothing but looking pretty.

Finally, finally, I took the plunge. I sold my TKO boxing/speedbag system to a young man who will put it to good use. Thank you Kijiji.

Until a couple of days ago, I'd forgotten the advice I've given to many others who were trying to de-junk. Here are the 3 practical questions to ask yourself about any item in your life:

1. Do you love it? If not, it doesn't belong with you. And if you have to think about the question, you don't love it.

2. Are you honoring it? It it's not displayed prominently or being treated with respect, it doesn't belong with you.

3. Is it being used? If not, it doesn't belong with you.

See the pattern? As much as I loved my equipment, I wasn't using it. And by not using it, I wasn't honoring it. By hanging onto it, I was depriving someone else from using it the way it was intended to be used.

Plus, there's no question that having the space back to use more appropriately is a bonus. Not to mention a few extra bucks in my pocket.

What can YOU declutter from your life?
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  1. I have a boat I have not used in two years, time to sell.


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