Getting rid of the things you’ve collected during your life can be an emotional and physically draining process. Make the process easier by asking yourself these 6 Questions to Help You Organize Your Life and Get Rid of Clutter.
Learn how to Organize Your Life and Get Rid of Clutter with these 6 simple questions! #getorganized
If you don’t know how to declutter and simplify your home, this post with a simple 6 question checklist for decluttering your home can help. These questions can help you with organizing your life and getting rid of clutter. Getting rid of sentimental clutter is the hardest part for most individuals and these questions can help declutter your home fast. In fact, many of my readers have used this tool to learn how to clean and declutter their home in 30 days.
I’ve always thought of myself as an organized person. As a professional organizer, my job description involved de-cluttering homes. Many times, I would haul truckloads of crap away to donate or throw away for my clients after helping them de-clutter.
During my experience as a professional organizer, I found that our family owns less than typical American households, yet we were still holding onto things that created negative energy and clutter.
It wasn’t until I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, that I saw our material possessions in a whole different perspective.
I will never forget the first time I read the Marie Kondo method (I bought the Audible version of the Marie Kondo book so I wasn’t adding more books to our collection BTW), I was listening to the book in my car after an hour commute home.
I was only half-way through the book when I parked my car at home and immediately started de-cluttering and cleaning the inside of my car (which I thought was already very clean).
In the 5 minutes that it took me to go through the glove box, the center console, and the side doors, I had a grocery bag filled with items to toss.
One of the items I let go was a small notepad that had my father’s handwriting in it. He passed away a few years ago, and I kept it because it reminded me how unique his handwriting was. The notes he wrote were for car maintenance on a car that I no longer owned and was written about 15 years ago, I had not used the notebook for the past 7 years either. I knew it was time to let the notebook go after reading about the KonMarie method.
6 Questions to Help You Organize Your Life and Get Rid of Clutter
1.Do I need this?
Plain and simple, do you need it? As long as you understand the difference between want and need, asking this question makes it fairly easy to de-clutter. If not, you should ask…
2. Does it bring me happiness?
In Marie Kondo’s book, she states that in order to let things go, you must hold each item in your hands and ask if you truly love the item. If the answer is no, you thank the item for its time/service and let it go. Thinking this way helped me let go of an item that had sentimental value but no physical value.
3. Am I keeping this for “one day?”
One day I will lose weight and be able to fit into it. One day I will use this item for a DIY project. Stop waiting for “one day.” Today is that day and if you are not going to use it today then it needs to go. Read The Ridiculously Smart Way to Reduce Your Wardrobe for more tips.
4. Do I already own something similar?
Owning a multi-functional item is a good thing, but not if you already own something similar and end up keeping both items. For example, if you own a slow cooker and an InstantPot (which also has a slow cooker function), you should easily be able to get rid of the slow cooker.
5. Am I keeping it for sentimental reasons?
If you come across an item that reminds you of a loved one from your past, try to find a use for that item or repurpose in a craft project or home décor. When you cannot find a use, say goodbye to the object because that is all it is, an object with a memory attached to it (not the person).
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things. – Albert Einstein
A few ideas for giving sentimental items a new purpose:
- Ask a family member if they would enjoy the item
- Display the item in your home (preferably on the walls)
- Start using the item every day (use fine china every day)
- Donate to a church or cause of your choice
- Sell on eBay, Craigslist or antique stores
- Use items in a craft/DIY project
- Scan old photos or notes and upload to a cloud account or thumb drive
6. Why do I have this?
Lastly, after asking all of the above questions, if you still find yourself at a loss to get rid of something, ask, “Why do I have this?” What is the real reason you are unable to let it go? Once you can figure out the answer, it will be easier to let go.
How to Organize Your Home Fast
Get ready to have your mind blown. This method to organize house clutter quickly is not a new method or secret hack. Do you think the organizing pros have been keeping this secret method with how to declutter your home fast all to themselves? I think my mother used this “secret” strategy to quickly organize the house with 6 kids in the 1980’s… it’s definitely not a new way to clean a house fast… but it’s so easy that anyone with a laundry basket can do it.
My friends and family always asked me how to declutter fast because our house looks like a model home (not to brag). So I shared my secret with how to declutter a house fast with my friends and family and then they started doing this trick to quickly organize house declutter.
I bet you are dying to know how I organize my house fast with a family of 4 and a dog…
How to Organize Your Personal Life (Free Printable Bullet Journal Pages)
I had no clue what a bullet journal was until I did some research and found a bullet journal description to be a combined day planner/journal/diary/sketchbook/to-do list. But what I found most interesting when I started designing my bullet journal pages was that I could make each page anything I wanted it to be.
You see, there are A LOT of different planners and journals out there. Like a blogging planner, business planner, mom planner, meal planner or a gratitude journal, meditation journal, travel journal… and the list goes on and on!
I’m making it super easy for you to try bullet journalling for FREE and if you love it, then maybe you keep printing the free printable bullet journal pages or maybe you invest in a really cool journal and start posting pics of your beautiful pages on Instagram 🙂 If you could just mention that my free printables were your inspiration, that would be great 😉
How to Get Rid of Unnecessary Possessions and Live the Life You Want
Stuff overload. Negative energy in your home and surroundings. Sound familiar? Are your materialistic items taking over your life? Do you want to know how to get rid of unnecessary possessions and live the life you want? I want that too… I mean, I really want to share how you can get the life you want by only keeping yourself surrounded with what matters most.
I know there are people (like you) that need REAL help getting their lives back and are stuck spinning their wheels because of the (bad) advice they find online. I’m sure you’ve seen the organizing “hacks” I’m talking about that don’t really help you eliminate things, but suggest that you need to add more things in your life in order to organize your current things.
If you organize things a certain way, that will reduce the clutter in your life, right? Wrong.
The only way to organize clutter is to get rid of it. Period.
10 Items You Need to Organize Your Home Like a Pro
The best way to organize clutter is to get rid of the clutter right? I agree that it doesn’t make sense to spend money buying more stuff in order to get organized, but there are certain organizing items that can help create a functional, simplified home.
I’m a firm believer that it’s best to re-purpose many items around your home FIRST before investing in more stuff. Take a look around your home to see if you have similar items that you can use in place of these items (shoe boxes, plastic food containers, etc).
If you don’t find anything in your home that will help you create the organizing systems that you need, spending a few dollars on these useful organizing supplies will be worth the investment in the long run!
Printable Labels to Organize Every Room in Your Home
You can organize the heck out of your home but truth is, Your Home is not completely organized until you add labels!
I’ve done the hard work for you and made every label for every space in your home.
If there is a label that you don’t see available below (for common household items), please let me know in the comments and I will add it!
Printable Home Organizing Cheat Sheets
Need help getting your family organized? Want to learn how to declutter your home fast with kids? Do you need help simplifying all the “stuff” in your home?
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Right now, you can get the Simplify Your Digital Life Cheat Sheet Plus 20 more pages of printable forms, cheat sheets, and checklists to help you FINALLY get organized!
Here’s what’s included in this bundle:
- Organize Your Home in 30 Days Calendar (also available separately here*)
- Simplify Your Home in 30 Days Checklist
- 6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Decluttering Cheat Sheet
- 7 Steps To Get Your Family Organized Cheat Sheet
- 15 Steps To Get Rid Of Paper Clutter Cheat Sheet
- Simplify Your Digital Life Checklist
- Declutter Your Home Fast (The Laundry Basket Method) Cheat Sheet
- Weekly (Detailed) Meal Planning Form (also in the meal planning bundle here*)
- Weekly (Simple) Meal Planning Form (also in the meal planning bundle here*)
- Sorting Signs (ONE of each): Trash, Recycle, Shred, Sentimental
- 30 Blank Printable Home Organization Labels in SIX Different Shapes (5 labels per page) and Transparent (can be printed on ANY color cardstock)**
32 Home Management Printables that REALLY Work!
No one should have to feel overwhelmed by homemaking because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.
When it comes to homemaking, do you ever struggle with everything on your to-do list? The cleaning, the cooking, the laundry, the organizing, the home projects… shall I keep going?
You are not alone.
Maybe you can relate to these statements:
- “I can never find the time to clean and organize”
- “I’m tired of feeding my family take-out for dinner”
- “I have no idea why we are always broke!”
- “I’m not sure how to start so I just keeping reading stuff & doing nothing”
- “I struggle with doing “all the stuff” to create a perfect home”
I’ve said all of these before by the way.
Almost all homemakers struggle with these points – whether you work outside the home or not, whether you have 0 kids or 12. Since I was struggling in these areas (and thought you might be as well), I created some encouraging and useful resources to overcome the most common homemaking struggles.
Everything you need to take your homemaking strategy to the next level is included in the Homemaking Printable Pack. I’ve been using the goodies included in the printable pack and the resources have significantly changed my home management strategy.
Free Organizing Resources…
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