Today's COAST challenge is to declutter and sell all those unwanted items that crowd your bench space and jam your cupboards and drawers. Set yourself free by removing that stress creating clutter from your life!
If you are looking at the overwhelming amount of items and need help determining what to cull then ask yourself these questions.
“Do I love this/Does it bring me joy?” and “Do I use this?”
If you’re anything like me, then you may struggle with this step and get bogged down in justifying the reasons to keep something. I hate the idea that things will go to waste.
Remember charities always accept things in good condition/working order so you are not just adding to landfill. Think of it as doing something good for you AND the community!
Here are some key phrases to help you make the decision on what should go.
* I was going to use this later for something; I just can’t remember what it was.
* My mother in law bought this for me, so I can’t get rid of it, even if it’s been jammed in the back of my drawer for 5 years.
* It might be useful to someone in my family someday...
* There's nothing wrong with it so I hate to just get rid of it.
I think you get the idea. If you ask yourself if you should keeping something and your yes is not a resounding yes, then I’d ask yourself this third question - "Does it bring you joy?"
If you have to hesitate to think up a reason for keeping something, then it needs to be let go. You will feel so much lighter and won’t remember what you got rid of 30 minutes after it is gone.
COAST are here if you need any help making the decisions and will work closely with you to make sure that nothing is lost that is precious or sentimental.