Maybe the title of this post should be constant vigilance. Because once you’ve purged items in your house and organized your stuff, you have to be on constant watch that it stays that way. Otherwise, you’re back where you started.
While taking a car load of items to Goodwill (or wherever you donate items) can feel great, as can having an organized pantry, it’s important to identify what is coming into your house and why. If you’re often out shopping and bringing home clothes you don’t need or buying kitchen gadgets you rarely use, or picking up all the free items at a conference, you’re just inviting clutter into your home. Identify why you’re buying these items or if you really need them.
Ask yourself the following questions before letting anything come through the doors of your house.
- Do you really need it?
- Do you have a place to put it?
- Do you already have something similar that will serve the same purpose?
If you answer yes to the first two questions, it’s probably ok to bring it home, as long as you know it has a home. If you answer yes to the third, then you don’t need it.
Keep these questions in mind every time you bring something into your house. This helps you keep the clutter under control in your home.