While the things that we own do not live and breathe, each and every one of them sparks emotions inside all of us. Go with your gut when you are finally ready to reduce the amount of clutter in your home.
Practice makes perfect. In order to start honing your decision-making skills, start with the obvious. While this may be daunting for some with serious hoarding issues, for those who are committed to reducing clutter then there will be some easily identifiable items that can happily exit the premises.
Now the real work begins and it is time to take matters into your own hands, literally. Focus on a category like clothing or books rather than a location. Gather them all up together. You will most likely be surprised to see how much you actually own as well as how many you have completely forgotten about.
Grab hold of each one and pay attention to your reaction. If it makes you feel positive and you are willing to provide space and properly care for it, then it is a keeper. If not, put it in the history books and move on.
As you repeatedly go through the process, the decision making gets easier. You gain confidence in your skills and see the progress of your efforts which gives momentum to the whole project.
The ultimate goal is to be surrounded by the things that you love and find useful. By eliminating clutter, you are freeing yourself of the guilt and stress that always comes along with it. As a result, you will be in a much better position to handle just about anything that life throws your way.
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