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A fresh start for Spring
Ah the rain, it comes and goes and the sun finds it's way to us in between. I just love the breezes that come in to push out the last of winter. Now is the time we see new life springing up around us and as the days get brighter and longer some of you may be looking around to see how you can tidy up your space, inside and out, to meet spring with a fresh face.
If you're looking to do some spring cleaning and lighten your load of 'stuff' now's a great time to start sorting and decluttering. You may just find that letting go of things you don't need and that don't bring value to your life, feels great. It's like 'making room for happy'.
I have a quick tip to share on how you can make more objective decisions of what to keep and where it belongs, as you go through your home and office to 'Tidy' up. It's called the '4 T’s grid' and here's how it works:
Basically there are really only four categories that everything falls into;
Treasures, Toys, Tools & Trash.
These four simple categories are based on only two criteria. The two criteria used are;
Emotional Attachment and Functionality.
As you're sorting and cleaning up this Spring try to look at your possessions and consider these two criteria. By deciding how much 'Function' and 'Emotion' an items holds for you, you can more easily judge which category they fall into. Treasures, Toys, Tools or Trash.
Treasures are items with high emotion attached to them but are low in functionality. There is usually some room for trimming down here. In many cases they just need to be carefully and safely stored away yet you may still want to keep a few around close at hand to reminisce over from time to time.
Toys are things that have high function and high emotion. These you keep close at hand, easy to get to and easy to put away. Invest in good containment that provides function and looks good for these items yet remember to consider the function carefully, do you really use it and do you have too many?
Tools are high function and low emotion. Things you must have yet probably only one of, not 5, right? I mean if you have 5 hammers, 3 potato mashers, 4 kettles or 30 dinner plates I think we’re getting into excess now.
Last of all, hopefully least of all; Trash. These items are low emotion and low function. It kind of makes you wonder why you even have this stuff around. If something falls in this category, you know what to do. Get it out!
And please don't let the supposed value of an item prevent you from making the right choice for yourself. 'It cost too much to let go' is not a good enough answer to hold onto things that do not ad to your life.
So take an objective look around using the 4 T's method. See what can go to make more room for what’s truly important. Spring is in the air, let that fresh new Spring felling into your home.
Need help organizing? Michelle serves the Carleton Place, Lanark County and Ottawa areas.