I know, I know....this step scares us all. If I had a dime for each time I'm asked if I'm MAKING the client get rid of everything we could all go somewhere nice and warm for a week, my treat. Luckily, my job as a Certified Professional Organizer is asking questions to help clients think about their things in a new way, letting them come to their own conclusions based on values and beliefs as to what should stay and what should go.
Purge....just a fancy word for deciding what lives in your space. What do you surround yourself with? Do you choose things you use, need and love? Do you have room for everything, or is it time to honor what is important to you today. Not yesterday, last week, last year, not tomorrow, but TODAY.
Some decisions are harder than others. In the pantry example from last post, decisions are relatively simple. Expired food items can go (if you aren't sure about shelf life, etc. check out Still Tasty). Extra pots, pans, dishes - how long have they been stored in the pantry without being used? Can they be better used, or stored, somewhere else? Duplicates, broken items, and trash - time to let them go!
Be brutal with your thought process....if a person thinks about it long enough the answer will be "YES" for needing, using and loving every item. Look at it as an opportunity to free yourself of clutter, free up some space that can be redesigned to save you time in the long run. It's worth it!
And loving something, well, that's a whole can of worms itself! My view is that love is a verb - if you LOVE your letter jacket from high school 40 years ago, but it's stored in a cardboard box in the garage, not having been seen or touched for decades.....well.....what does holding on to it mean? Is it the memory? Letting go of a physical item doesn't change our memory. Is it because it might get worn again? Or the kids/grandkids/great great grandkids want it? In my professional experience....probably not.
Purge away, dear readers! Please share what is hardest for you to make decisions about - we're all in this together. Chances are if you are struggling there are others too.
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