Houses in Toronto could be difficult to maintain and organize. You may need to consider decluttering.

I used to be so organized, but there are moments that organizing is a hard thing to do.

Have you experienced that after traveling or came from vacation, you have some things or new things you bought from the places you were visited? If you are frequent travelers, the new stuff keeps filing and adding up.

After I unpacked the things from my journey, I began organizing things and removing unnecessary items floor by floor. At first, it was so easy until I have visited places frequently the question of decluttering begins.

Another decluttering lesson was right after my divorce and a few weeks that I decided to move to another place or apartment. And I was facing bankruptcy; a severe financial debt was started to trouble me. Soon I found a financial advisor to help me how to lessen my debts. To cut the story short, I decided to move from a one-bedroom apartment to a single room. How could I compress my things now? From the more prominent to smaller place.

As I collected my belongings for a second, I made a system to help me decide what to keep and what to throw. It worked effectively for me. Maybe it could work for you too.

The clutter scale 1-5. Number Five (5) being an essential scale.

5 – Important items that are priceless and non-negotiable. That includes family pictures, business documents, and office equipment.

4- Items that are being used daily. This pile includes clothing, furniture, and pieces of jewelry.

3 – Items you use on special events or barely used.

2 – Items you rarely use but refuse to throw away.

1 – Items you never use or items that are non-beneficial like old boxes, old clothing, computer equipment, and old electronics

As you sort your less important items. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I enjoy it?
  • Is there a unique story behind it?
  • Will I have the space for it?
  • Will I be able to replace it?
  • Can I quickly borrow it or rent it if I need it again?
  • Do they help with future goals?
  • Does it compare to the items that are on top of my list?

The clutter scale is an effective way to get back in touch with your priorities. My priority at the time was to get rid of anything that will not help me in the long run.

Using the clutter scale, I learned to organize my life and my possessions based on values.

As you declutter your items, take a few minutes to think about your goals and priorities. You’ll find your home more memorable and efficient.

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