Nine Quick Tips to Identify Clutter – ZenHabits.Net

By XeroCube | October 14, 2010

I am notoriously bad for not being able to identify clutter. This is a realization that I am slowly coming to grips with. Over the past few weeks, I have been attempting to identify ways to declutter my house and environment; somewhat unsuccessfully. Let’s put it like this, it took me 5 weeks to finally file away the stacks of project paperwork sitting on my desk. Baby steps to the elevator, I guess.

This morning, I find this article from that speaks to identifying clutter. As always, these helpful hints are common sense… but it helps to see them in written form. The items that stand out to me are:

  1. Would I replace it if it were broken or lost? If not, I must not really need it.
  2. Does it serve its purpose well? For example, we have a lot of “cute” kitchen objects that don’t really work.
  3. Have I ever used this thing? I was absolutely
    shocked to find, when I started looking, how many things we owned that
    we had never once used. Many were gifts, true, but I promised myself
    we’d either put these things into use within a few weeks or give them

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