Organizing: 3 Simple Questions (A Decluttering Approach that Works!)

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by Robin

3 simple questions to declutter

I am planning to move in June.  If you know how much we love our home, this will surprise you.  But, I've made up my mind.  It's the only way to get myself motivated.

I came up with this idea after feeling a bit of envy over a friend's packing experience.  (Which is cracked.  Envy?  Over packing up a whole house?  Can you imagine if I told my friend?  I think she would have drop kicked me.)

At the time I thought, "What a great way to finally get rid of all that stuff that accumulates.  We will never have that chance, because we plan to never move." 

OK, so we aren't really moving, but my idea is to organize our home as though we are.  Here's the 411:

decluttering decision making

I have long agreed with this quote from William Morris, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."   It implies such a clean, functional and lovely home.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful

That being said, I also agree that daily exercise is good for the body.  And that ain't always happening either.

I exercise somewhat regularly and there are plenty of useless ugly things in my house.  I have had a more theoretical respect for both these sentiments than an active participation.

It's time for some action.

So, I have set myself a goal:  I am pretending we are moving at the end of June.  

The idea is to give this process a bit more urgency.  It's imaginary urgency, but I still find it strangely motivating.  I've already taken the before pictures and am ransacking our place as we speak.  (I've found some funny stuff, and some stuff that will save us money.  More on this later.)

I am giving our house the "Moving with Morris" treatment.  I am going room by room and cupboard by cupboard, armed with my Donation Station and 3 questions for each thing in our house:

  1. Is it useful?
  2. Is it beautiful?
  3. Would it be worth packing to take with us when we move?

My plan has another element.  After I binge on the purge, I will create simple and frugal ideas to organize the spaces.  I'll bring these ideas back here to show you.  

What do you think:  Is this idea brilliant or bonkers? 

If this idea overwhelms you, and for many people it will, you could try my other tested organizing approach - it's so doable with small windows of time! 


  1. We are moving next week so I;m in the middle of packing! There are a lot of things that I don't know what to do with, so your tip on using the 3 questions will really help me! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I wish I would have found this a month ago! We’re moving in three days and still have so much to do!!

  3. I agree that moving is a great opportunity to CLEAN and ORGANIZE! All the best!


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