When you are first learning about minimalism you are bound to come across lists of questions to help you declutter. These lists may include questions such as “Have I used this in the past year?” “Will I use it often?” “Is this item a duplicate?” I struggle to use these lists effectively. The purpose of these lists is to help you determine what to keep (translation: what adds value to your life). The challenge is that what to keep (adds value) is different for everyone. Pre-made lists to help you declutter aren’t helpful, or at least haven’t reached their full potential, because these lists don’t reflect your individual values and approach to minimalism. Luckily it is not hard to create such a list.
For this reason, I believe it is worth your time to develop a list of questions that relate to your own brand of minimalism. In this article I will show you how I developed my own list of questions to help me declutter. This is a fun, creative process, and I highly encourage you to make it your own. This list is for you, no one else ever has to see it, and at its core it is really about what inspires you.