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Decluttering When You Have Too Much: Keep The Best 10%


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I've been decluttering alot, & have come to realize at the end of the day, after you get rid of trash, & undesirables, & then move up to "good but I just don't have room for this", or I just don't like it as much as the others, or, it doesn't fit", what you are left with are things you love but YOU STILL HAVE TOO MUCH. I would not have been able to see this, much less agree with it in the beginning of the process; but basically I am paring down to keeping only the best of the VERY best. (cont'd)

Everyone's % will be diff, but for me with limited space I am only keeping ~10%. Only now do I see this at the end of the day; at the very end of the process. Oh, the hours of agony I could have saved myself, & precious time, if I had known from the beginning the goal was to keep the best 10%.
- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 10/10/2010 in Organization | 12 Comments
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CONTUSIONS2012 7/11/2011 10:12:00 AM

    I so need to do this.
CHALLENGER15 1/5/2011 6:07:00 AM

    This is going to help me!
MSROBY 10/28/2010 3:29:00 PM

    I was not able to keep 10% when I started this. [This being before this article] but what I could do was go thru the house and start getting rid of things, but the first time was the easiest, the sencond time not so bad but after that, it gets really hard. I am on my 6th time thru the house. This is actually good for me. I slowly lose items over time and get to know very well what I have and where it is. Then time to consider what to do with some of the things. There is GoodWill, auction, eBay, Craig's List and more, so I had time to organize what items I wanted to get rid of but also how and took the time to sort thru for each catagory so I wasn't doing everything at once. I even had time to make my own web page with all my items on it. If it didn't sell within a month it went to the thrift shop or GoodWill. This is organizing at it's best.
SOOKIE 10/26/2010 3:46:00 PM

    Great idea and definitely need to use this method when I clear out my house this week.

BEVERLEAF 10/20/2010 11:23:00 PM

    You go, girl! I've done this but need to work on doing it more often. Thanks for the reminder!
JACKSONTANIA 10/16/2010 8:40:00 PM

    starting as we speak!!!!
LARENK 10/15/2010 11:05:00 AM

    We just completed a 50% out day in my youngest daughters bedroom - each basket of toys, each bookshelf level, each drawer of clothes. She found it hard for some of the toys but when all was done, she is grateful for the clutterless bedroom she can now enjoy. We were even able to add a 2nd bed in her room for sleepovers - offers another understorage solution.
HALOSEEKER 10/14/2010 6:00:00 PM

    I have been using this technique for the last few months and now have people who come by my home early on trash days to see what I have thrown out before the trash men have run their routes. I still have a lot more to get rid of to and I am now down to the things that cause enough of a panic attack that I realize that I am a hoarder, just in the early stages. Thanks for sharing!
AGINGLADY1 10/14/2010 9:59:00 AM

    I'm going to try this. If I don't, I will be a candidate for the hoarder's program.
AGINGLADY1 10/14/2010 9:53:00 AM

    I'm going to try this. If I don't, I will be a candidate for the hoarder's program.
JKEAKI 10/11/2010 10:02:00 AM

    This is a great filter to use when dealing with clutter. I'm looking forward to putting it to use. Thanks!
URSULA125 10/10/2010 1:42:00 PM

    This is an excellent tip and just what I need right now! emoticon

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