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Keep and Let Go Criteria: 37 Questions


We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. 
~ Joseph Campbell

 
Once you have decided that getting organized is in order, sorting through your belongings will be a key part of the process. Sometimes we can look at the same items over and over and not really know how to make a decision about what to do with them. This list of thirty-seven questions should help you in that decision-making process. Check down the list when you are stumped with an object and see what questions help move you forward.


THE BASICS
01.  Does it belong to someone else?
02.  Is it too worn/broken/unidentifiable to use?
 
LEGAL
03.  Are you legally required to keep it?
04.  Is there a tax reason to keep it?
05.  Would you need this check / document in a legal dispute?
 
USE IT
06.  Will you actually use it/refer to it? (Have you in the past?)
07.  Will you really read it?  When?
08.  Is the information still current? (or can newer information be found online?)
09.  Have you used it in the last year?
10.  Do you think you will use it again (or for the first time) and what circumstances will have to be in place in order for you to use it?
11.  Are you really going to finish this project?  When?

Record it, Review it, Renew it - Managing Your Lists

Do you make lists? I do. Grocery lists, packing lists, party-planning lists, to-do lists…my list of lists goes on and on! 

The basic rules of list-making are to record all the pertinent information, review the list regularly in order to utilize it well and finally to renew or update the list as items are crossed off and new ideas need to be captured.

Yet, Sometimes, even with the best of lists, it can feel like time is galloping out of our control and we are merely trying to stay on the horse that is our crazy schedule – never mind the style points! 

When it comes to lists, there are some challenges that seem to be universal. Here's..well yes, a list! of some common hurdles:

  • Keeping track of the lists we make
  • Having incomplete or disorganized lists that let tasks get lost in the shuffle
  • No coordination of tasks and commitments between family members
  • Procrastination - moving the same items from list to list and never getting them done

Click here to read about tips and tricks that will keep you on the horse and set the pace that works for you. 




Lighten up, it's Spring!

 
Ways to freshen up your home this spring:

Pantry purge. During the winter months, like many mammals, we may tend to stockpile supplies. Our cupboards can become stuffed with soups, cocoas and comfort-snacks. As this happens, more often than not, other food items get pushed out of sight. Set aside an hour on a nice spring morning to empty out a shelf or two at a time, wipe them down, discard outdated or unwanted food items and reorganize what’s left back onto the shelves.

Counter-attack. Throw open the kitchen and bathroom windows and take a look at your counters. The fresh air will help energize you while you remove all items and give the counters a good wipe-down. Throw out any trash or items you don’t need and put away anything that has wondered out of its appropriate home. Return to the counter only those things that you absolutely must have out or that make you happy. 

Want more tips? Read the full article here.

Qualities of Organized People

Organized people are decision makers.
Professional Organizer Annette Reyman at The Container Store.
"In general, organized people can say, 'This is good enough,' and then move forward," says Reyman. "It doesn't have to be perfect, and we don't have to rehash it 10,000 different ways." Organized people consider their options, choose one and stick to it, without looking back with regret on the paths not taken, she says. 

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Do You Rent Storage?

I've got all the money I'll ever need, if I die by four o'clock.
- Henny Youngman


Hiring a professional organizer can save you money.

Are you one of those people who has so much money you just don't know what to do with it?  You know, extra cash just laying around collecting dust.  No?  Me neither.

I will be speaking at the Philadelphia Home Show this coming weekend.  Last year, Mark Brunetz of the reality show Clean House, spoke before me.  I really enjoyed listening to him speak about his experiences working on the show and with people who really needed help getting their homes back in order.  He also had a lot of great information to share.

One thing Mark shared was the statistic that one in every ten Americans rents a storage unit.  One in twenty rent multiple.

First, I just want to say that there are many good reasons to rent a storage unit, some of them being:

  • A place to house your belongings during an extended home transition
  • As a wear-house for business product inventory for a current business
  • A place to store your home items while living abroad

to name a few.

However, "I have more stuff than what can fit into my home" is not one of them.  If you have more than what you can fit into your home you either have too much stuff or need to buy a bigger home. 

If buying something bigger is not an option, think about this:  A 5 X 10 foot storage unit averages about $175.00 per month.  Would you rather pay $175 dollars to store things you don't use, or put $175 extra into your budget each month?  That's an extra $2,100.00 per year.

Consider what it's worth before you pay one more month's rent.

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