Questions to Help You Declutter: Make Your Own List

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.



The Attraction of Minimalist Photography and Staged Rooms

Last night when I got home, my dad shared with me a book he picked up from the library called The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection by Louisa Thomsen Brits. My first impression was that this was my kind of book. It seemed like a light read, so I read the introduction and flipped through the photos before I went to bed.

Doing this, I finally realized what I find so attractive about minimalist spaces and associated photography. The photos in this book highlighted the way we engage with objects. Tables, chairs, and books become the table, the chair, and the book. We use these objects each day, but in minimalist photos these objects have a greater presence. There are no distractions. Without clutter, these objects have space to breathe, and this gives the viewer permission to do so as well.