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Should you create a “maybe” pile when decluttering your home?

I was recently asked on my Facebook page a great question by a reader – and that was whether a maybe pile was OK to have when decluttering your home.

When I wrote the post about how to declutter your home, and gave you the free category printables so that it made sorting your stuff that bit easier, you may have noticed that there was no category for “maybe”, “undecided” or “miscellaneous”.

That was for a good reason.

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The argument for NO to a “maybe” pile….

When you have a pile that gives you a way to procrastinate and not make a decision – you are more likely to use that one.

The result?

You end up sorting through all your stuff, but not really making progress. You become deflated and decide decluttering doesn’t work.

You are basically delaying the decision – until…… well, who knows?!

Its the same principle as filing things under “miscellaneous”. When are you ever going to be able to find what you need again – you can bet that your misc. pile will be the biggest!

The argument for YES to a “maybe” pile….

However, I am not saying that some items when you see them will create difficult decisions for you, and you may not be ready to make a final decision on every item you are sorting through at that specific moment in time.

This really should be the exception rather than the rule, but sometimes you do need a buffer.

The answer to this would be to use a box to store these sorts of items away for 6 months.

If you don’t miss anything in the box, and if you can’t remember whats in the box after this time, then it should be a lot easier to simply throw the box away after this time.

The trick is to not open the box – otherwise the same emotions may come back again and you may find its just as hard to let things go.

Are you ready to let go?

The real trick is that when you start decluttering, you have to be in a letting go type of mindset – open and willing to make decisions and changes.

It may be that you don’t get rid of anything during a decluttering sessions, as everything you sort through has a place in your life still – but the main thing is that if you do come across things that are genuinely not adding to your life and that you need to give away or throw away, then you have to be able to let them go at that point.

The best way to declutter is when you are feeling calm and open to change. Only then can you properly see that decluttering your home works – and then you won’t need that “maybe” pile at all!

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2 Responses to Should you create a “maybe” pile when decluttering your home?

  1. Amanda Apr 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Also, I just want to say, some things are hard to let go because they have sentimental value, but at the same time they just do not have a place in your life. If that is the case, take a picture and rid yourself of the burden. Hang the picture up or put it in a shoe box with other mementos so you can remember the good times and things, but you no longer have to maintain those things. Just a thought I gathered from others around the world wide web.

    • Chrissy Halton Apr 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Amanda – great advice which I have suggested in other posts – glad to hear we’re on the same wave length! – thanks for taking time to leave a comment x

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