as promised, here are solutions to dismantle the Trinity of Keeping Crap. to review, the parts are: “what if i need it?” “i’m keeping it just in case…” and, “you never know…”
fight power with power, right? or, fight groups of three with groups of three. the first option is a compromise, the second sheer logic, and the third is the mic drop of the group. at least one will get your crap to the door.
the expiration date
this idea comes from Joshua Becker, the wildly successful man behind Becoming Minimalist. he suggests putting objects you think you’ll need in a box labeled with next year’s month and year, so April, 2017.
promise yourself that anything unused by then will be removed.
personal addition: if you’re feeling feisty, feel free to shout, “take that, clutter! you’re on the clock to prove your worth!” and of course, follow through.
the 20/20 rule
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, The Minimalists, live by the dictum, “anything we get rid of that we truly need, we can replace for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes from our current location.” this will only become truer with time.
“the key word is worry. There’s a desire to hang on to something that is clutter out of fear. That means that the continued presence of the thing, person, or activity in a person’s life brings along with it anxiousness, agitation, and distress.
By deciding to trust that today you no longer care for or use what’s in question, and by letting it go, you get the opposite of fear. You get relief. You get peacefulness. You get energy. Living in fear is draining. Living with openness and trust is energizing.”
is just-in-case thinking a problem for you? which method might help? let me know in the comments!
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