When it comes to organizing, downsizing, simplifying or just plain ‘spring cleaning,’ I think what overwhelms people the most is the sheer number of decisions to be made about what to keep and what to let go of.
With this in mind, I’ve come up with some criteria to help with the ‘stay or go’ decisions.
If you are ever trying to clean out your home and can’t decide what stays and what goes, consider the Three Fs:
~ THE FIT
…Does it fit in your home? Does it fit with your lifestyle?
~ THE FUNCTION
…Does it have a function in your life? Can you use it?
~ THE FEELING
…Does it bring a feeling of joy to your life?
Ideally, items will meet all three requirements. This can happen with a really comfortable mattress, a favorite sweater, or a flat screen television.
However, many items will work for only two categories, and are still keepers. Consider tax forms (small and useful, but bringing no joy at all) and sculpture (it fits and you love it, but it doesn’t do anything except collect dust).
Only one requirement? That’s where things get sticky.
The FIT of an item is truly essential. It should fit your life, and fit in your home, even if it means giving up something else to make space.
But… something that fits without being useful or joyful? Forget it! So, you need at least two of these requirements filled in order to keep an item.
If you have another system for deciding what to keep, I would love to know what works for you!
A Clean Surface
…Make Space for your Life!