One thing that stops many of us in the process of decluttering is the worry that if we sell, trash, or donate an item (we rarely/ never use), we may need it someday.
For individuals who have experienced some sort of trauma, meditating can evoke painful experiences that they may not be prepared to confront. One study found many of the participants experienced fear, anxiety, panic, numbness, or extreme sensitivity to light and sound that they attributed to meditation.
Step #1: Take Your Emotional Temperature , around the most important areas of your life. Step #2: The Neurology of Ownership : When we take ownership of something–an item, an idea or a goal–we are more committed to it. Step #3: Outcome + Process : Most people set an intention or an ideal outcome and try working toward it, but that gets you only halfway there. You have to pick an outcome and a process. Step #4: Identify Blockers : When we first set our goals we are super optimistic and filled with hope–and that’s great. One thing that happens, however, is we fail to identify possible blockers.
Keep an ongoing donation box easily accessible:. Instead of keeping things you don’t use or love, get rid of them as soon as you find them . Try decluttering as quickly and efficiently as you can for just 10 minutes a day. Schedule regular times to declutter and stick to them. Use the “one in, one out” rule : Whenever you buy or bring something new into your home, find one thing to get rid of in its place. Make sure you have a place to keep everything you’re choosing to keep. Get things out of your house as soon as possible. Track results . Take before and after pictures. Don’t organize until after you declutter. Use a “maybe box” for items you’re struggling to let go of. Use the 20/20 rule for items you’re keeping “just in case”: It eans if you can replace the item for less than $20 and in less than 20 minutes, don’t keep it “just in case”.
For more expensive items simply choose to wait 30 days after your first serious impulse before buying the expensive item, provided that it’s not an essential or emergency need. Use that time to do a little research and make sure you actually want or will use the item, and also give it time to just sit there and see if the desire dies down. You’ll find that, more often than not, you won’t want the item after thirty days.