The key is to make immediate decisions about where each item will be stored, and then PUT IT THERE!
- What is your attachment to this thing? I’ve seen Peter Walsh work wonders with people over this question as it’s important to understand emotions that cause us to have clutter. It’s okay to have things because they remind you of a loved one or some special time. You have to realize, though, that the thing and the memory are entirely separate. Sometimes you can part with the thing, but you will always have the memory.
- When is the last time you used it? If you haven’t used it in more than a year, you might think about getting rid of it.
- What is your plan for it? Saying “I might need it someday” is not a good answer and is a sure sign that you should consider letting it go.
- If you actually use it and have a plan for it, is this the best place for it to live, or should it be somewhere else? We found stuff in the kitchen that needed to be (and now is) stored in the garage or in the office files. In truth, we also found stuff that needed to be (and now is) in the trash, like addresses for our wedding invitations
4) Don’t accept stuff from other people just because they want to get it out of their house.
5) Give yourself permission to sell, donate, or throw away anything that doesn’t fit your vision for your space.
Do you see any connection between clutter and voiceover success? I’d love to get your comments on the blog!