Oh, where’s my key? Where are my glasses? Oh, my gosh. I think I lost my report. It’s due today. (You think, without knowing you accidentally threw it out along with years-old paper lying on your desk.) Why is it taking me forever to find something? Ughhh!!! Frustrating, isn’t it? I’m sure many can relate to that situation and know exactly how it feels. If you find yourself with that plight for quite some time, it’s time to break out of the clutter-prison. Finding it hard to part with your possessions? Let me help you with this list of questions that can help you get rid of what needs to be let go.

1. Does it spark joy? This is a very familiar line that became popular when decluttering with Marie Kondo first made a buzz on the Internet and on Netflix. Almost everyone, even celebrities, jumped on the bandwagon, doing decluttering sessions and posting them on social media. But this line proves to be very helpful. It’s like asking yourself, "Do I love this piece of clothing?" and "Am I happy when I wear it?"

Be truly honest with yourself when you ask this question. If you have some doubts, put it aside, and go back to it later.

Do you know what I do? I give that piece one more chance. I would wear it. Then as I go about my day, I would ask myself, “Am I happy wearing this?” If I still am, then I'll put it back in my wardrobe. If not, then I will sell it on Carousell, the best place to turn your pre-loved items to cash. Or, I give them to my siblings if they want it.

2. Do I use it? When was the last time I used it? If you can’t even remember the last time you used it, I think it’s time to say goodbye to it. Don’t hold on to things that have lost their purpose.

3. Do I have another one of these? Before you make another purchase, please do an inventory of your current possessions. Most likely, you will find that you already have the same item you planned to buy. You might choose to have only one pair of shoes for work, one for running, and one for casual wear. Same goes for your other things.

4. Does this item fit my current lifestyle? As time goes by, our lifestyle changes. Maybe you need to let go some of the things you used for your past hobbies. If you are not interested in those things anymore, you don’t need to hold on to them. So, evaluate your current lifestyle and the things that you have.

5. Why have I been keeping this? It’s important to know the why of things. So, when you declutter, ask yourself this question: Why am I keeping this? When you know your why, it will be easier for you to decide whether to let go or keep it. Always remember to just keep those things that can add value to your life.

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