I’m working on some spring cleaning/re-envisioning my home. As I hit each room, my goal is to get rid of things sitting around in boxes, drawers, on floors, in closets etc., and to make each space cozier and more useful. It isn’t easy.
But I heard an interesting idea the other day about cleaning/throwing things away that really got me thinking: ask yourself, would you buy this now?
Would you buy this now? Often, that’s a question that doesn’t even come into play. We’re so attached to things from our pasts that make us feel something or remember something, and we completely ignore the fact that we haven’t even thought about this item for years. If you threw it out, you probably won’t think about it past the first few days either. But most of us never even make it that far.
Asking yourself if it is something you would buy now totally changes the way you’ll look at the object. And for the most part, I bet the answer would be “no”. So…off it goes. I’m going to try this a little bit more with my work-in-progress and see how it goes.
If you’re working on spring cleaning, you might want to try Marie Kondo’s book THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING. It might change your life, or at least how you look at the objects you’re holding onto.