Previous posts such as ‘A Fall Spring Cleaning‘ and ‘Organize Your Life‘ have urged you to set yourself up for success by taking time as soon as possible to optimize your cubicle, office, desk, or home. Following up on that, we offer a few questions to ask yourself as you deal with clutter:
- “Have I used this in the past year?”
- “Would it help someone else more than me?”
- “Can I easily get it again if I dispose of it?”
- “Will I ever miss this if I get rid of it?”
Make sure that everything in your home and office has a proper place. If you cannot find a designated place for something, ask yourself if this object is something that you really need. Remember that objects don’t define you. A problem that many people run into is not knowing what to do with something that is inconvenient to keep, but might hold some sentimental value. In this situation, consider taking a photograph of it before donating it to charity or throwing it away. This way, you can hold onto the memory of what the object represents without accumulating too much clutter!