Eliminating Clutter Revisited

Between our warehouse renovation and some recent construction at my house, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning out and reorganizing. In doing so I remembered my eliminating clutter flow chart from 2008. It’s as relevant now as it was then so I thought it was worth resurfacing:

eliminating clutter flow chart

2 comments on Eliminating Clutter Revisited

  1. Rob Sleath says:

    Interesting. I remember when you posted this before.

    I’ve recently moved house and during the move it’s become clear just how many possessions I have accumulated and how many “I’ll get to this later” type items I have – whether it’s things to eBay, things to donate, things to fix etc.

    Sorting through things is definitely a chore, but one simple thing from Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever” on how to get rid of things really helps – when sorting through things, gather like items. Don’t do it room by room, do it category by category. Gather all your books, and do books. Gather all your vases and do vases etc. it’s very easy to have some items spread around the house and never have a full picture of just what you’ve got.

    Another thing that strikes me is your flowchart is very practical. There’s no flow in there for sentimental items. If possible, these can be photographed and then go into the flow, but for some things the real thing is just better – not in a useful way, unless an emotional connection to the past is considered useful!

    • Adam McFarland says:

      Appreciate the comment Rob! I’ve heard Marie Kondo‚Äôs book is really good. It’s been on my Amazon wishlist for a while. I like the idea of grouping things together by category, makes total sense but not completely obvious.

      I sort of treat sentimental items differently. I used to keep everything when I was younger, and now I really ask myself how much something means to me. If it does have strong sentimental value, I certainly keep it. I have a handful of boxes/bins that I’ll probably never get rid of and I’m OK with that, along with a few sentimental pieces scattered through the house. I’m lucky enough to have an attic with enough storage space to accommodate those things. If I lived in a small apartment though, I probably would have to scale it back and I think I’d be fine with that.

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