Difficult Decisions: Emotional Reasons
When you choose to “marinate” an item or postpone the decision about keeping it or not, there may be practical and emotional reasons involved.
Practical reason: I might need it one day.
Emotional reason: It reminds me of my dad.
First, separate out those items you are keeping for each of these reasons. In this blog we will deal with the items you are keeping for emotional reasons. Continue reading…
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1) Visualize the results. Picture the life you hope to live after the clutter’s gone. You will be making room for that dream for every item you discard.
2) Keep only things that ‘spark joy’ (Marie Kondo). Let go of the things you ‘think you might need’ one day.
3) Sort by category. Lay out all like things in one place so that you can view them all together. After you decide which one to keep within each category, give it the special care and space it deserves.
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Difficult Decisions: Practical Reasons
In his blog we will deal with the items you are keeping for practical reasons. Presumably, you are keeping the items for one of the following practical reasons.
I might need it one day.
If I had to buy it, it would be expensive.
I can sell it; it might be valuable.
I might fit into it.
I just need to fix it.
I can use the parts.
I want to read them.
While these are all good reasons for keeping something, using these reasons won’t
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Difficult Decisions: How to Begin
Dina Shtull of Downsize with Dignity, LLC helps people determine what to do with their possessions when they move to a smaller home. Her approach to dealing with downsizing offers techniques to manage our things even if we are staying where we are. After all, whether we are moving or not, it seems that our living space fills up with stuff.
Dina suggests sorting items into six categories, tagging each item with a different color sticky note and placing it in a clearly defined location. The categories are:
Keep at Home
Pass Along/Gift It
Donate or Recycle
If this feels too difficult or daunting, she suggests beginning with the three-
Marinate – think about it; not sure right now
When the time is right, the Keep pile can be further divided into Keep at Home or Pass Along/Gift It – and tagged and placed in its designated location.
When the time is right, the Don’t Keep pile can be further divided into Sell, Donate or Recycle, or Throw Away – and tagged and placed in its designated location. .
The Marinate pile often has items that carry an emotional component. Decision-
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