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T & T Tuesday ~ Keep or Release?

Posted by on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Keep or Release?

 T & T Tuesday ~ Organizing by Keep or Release

Organizing can be so easy, yet at the same time the most dreaded task ever! It isn’t just putting stuff into a correct “place” so that you can find it again, it means getting rid of items that are weighing you down…..sometimes literally!

I don’t call it “throwing things out or hanging on to them”…I call it “keep or release.” Here is why…Webster Dictionary defines releasing as: to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude; to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses. This is what the material, tangible stuff does…it weighs us down….and it is a weight that needs to be lifted! Still need convincing? Well...think of it this way: The pain of releasing something is mild compared to the pain of attempting to live with clutter. Don’t be a caretaker! The more items you have, the more items you will need to take care of!

Remember, Releasing Items is Easier if…

  •          you imagine you are moving! Is it worth the effort and expense to pack up the item?
  •          you enlist the help of a trusted friend to handle the items and you simply stand by and decide!
  •          there is an abundance of these items, think….do you really need more than one or two?

In my Professional Organizing classes, I learned to play the FAST game with clients. In this game, you determine if the item is a Friend, Acquaintance, Stranger or Threat. Here is how:

  • Friend – this is an item you use often = KEEP
  • Acquaintance – This is an item that you bought but haven’t or rarely used = KEEP for a given period and if it hasn’t been used, RELEASE or RELEASE right away
  • Stranger – Haven’t used in a year or more = RELEASE
  • Threat – An item that is harmful to you or your relationships = RELEASE

If an item is causing you significant stress to release, answer these questions to help:

  1. Have I used this item in the past year (for seasonal items) or 6-months for the rest?   Yes/No
  2. Has anyone else in my home used it in the past year?   Yes/No
  3. Do I have a definite use for this in the foreseeable future (no more than 6 months)?   Yes/No
  4. If it is broken, is it worth fixing?    Yes/ No
  5. Does this item serve a worthwhile purposed in my life?    Yes/ No
  6. Do I need to keep it for legal or tax purposes?   Yes/ No
  7. Is it more important to me to keep this item than to have the space it occupies?   Yes/ No
  8. Do I love it?   Yes/ No
  9. Does someone in my household love it?    Yes/ No
  10. Would it be difficult or expensive for me to get another one?    Yes/ No
  11. Is the item causing stress/tension in any relationship in my home?    Yes/ No

If you have answered the questions and still have reservations about releasing the item, come back to it!

In my previous T & T post, I said to only begin with 10 minutes a day organizing. If you are ready to move past this, then I can only offer this advice to you: TAKE IT SLOW!

Do you have any areas that you are currently organizing? I want to know! I may even be able to help you! Please comment below.

~ Andrea



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