As we start to get ready to receive gifts for Christmas, it’s a good time to go through things and decide what we don’t want or use any more. If your house is like mine, there is limited space to put things, so we tend to have a rule: for every item that comes in the house, something else has to leave! Going through your things and getting rid of some of them before the holidays is also a great idea so you can donate them to organizations like the Habitat Restore, and know that the money raised is helping give families a home to celebrate the holidays!
This has become a great tradition in my family, especially now that we have a child and we can teach her about the holidays and the spirit of giving, not just receiving! There are several ways to approach going through your things to give away or to just de-clutter.
One way is to just look around your house and see if anything stands out that you don’t use any more. A good rule of thumb for this is if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it!
Another method is the rule of five: when you clean up a room, get rid of 5 things.
Here are ten questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to keep an item:
- Is this item something I use regularly?
- If not, is it something I love?
- Am I keeping this out of obligation or expectation?
- Am I holding onto this because I think I should love it?
- Am I saving this just in case?
- Do I have multiples of the same thing?
- Could something else I own do the same job?
- Am I holding onto a broken item to fix one day?
- Is this item worth the time I spend cleaning/storing it?
- Could I use this space for something else?
Lastly, there is a good saying by William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”