by Susan McCarthy
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Everyday practice: When debating whether to keep an item, ask, "Is this item part of my dream or part of my day?"
I was listening to a talk on personal productivity the other day and the speaker brought up the line, “When you say ‘yes’ to one thing, you are saying ‘no’ to something else.” You’ve probably heard that line before when it comes to decision-making or time management.
However, I think this line can also apply to decluttering. Think about it, when you say ‘yes’ to keeping an item, you are saying ‘no’ to the physical space and the peace of mind you could gain from releasing that item.
Afraid of Future Regrets?
Look at the items surrounding you. If there are objects that you aren’t sure you can get rid of, question if you are caught up in FOMO – the fear of missing out.
When you say ‘yes’ to holding onto objects that you don’t use and don’t even like, what are you saying ‘no’ to?
Let’s flip around that line and how it can help you make decisions while decluttering. “When you say ‘no’ to one thing, you are saying ‘yes’ to something else.”
What would you say ‘yes’ to if you said, “No, I don’t need those things cluttering my life?”
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