*This post was updated November 2, 2015.
Would you believe that holding an object can increase your desire to keep it? Crazy, right? Well, it’s true. It turns out that the power of touch is, well, really powerful. So much so that you probably won’t let go of things that you don’t like if you hold them.
So, the next time you decide to go through the clothing in your closet, for the love of God, don’t touch anything!
Get a friend or your favorite pro organizer to help you. Let that person hold the items so that all you have to do is decide which things will be donated or thrown out. Remember that you shouldn’t donate anything that is broken or in disrepair. There are a few other things to keep in mind, to have a look at these three donation rules.
Alright, it’s the moment of truth. Which friend are you going to call to help you get rid of stuff? Not sure who to call? Create a list of three to five people who are fun to be around, who motivate you, and who will also hold you accountable and who will ask you to really think about why you should or shouldn’t keep an item. Once you’ve created your list, pick one or two friends and make an appointment with them.
Yep, make an appointment. That means you’ll need to put your decluttering sessions (try for more than one!) on your calendar. Your friends can come together or separately on different days, but the goals will be the same — to help you:
- Reduce clutter
- Keep the things that are most valuable to you.
Keep in mind that you can always return the favor and help them when they’re ready to unclutter. Why not have several uncluttering parties? Perhaps you can set up a regularly scheduled time that you help each other (for example, once a quarter or twice a year).
Happy decluttering! … with a friend.