I was washing out a couple of kitchen drawers when it dawned on me that my frustration with them was due to having things I used very often mixed with those that were only used occasionally. I moved the occasional use items to a less convenient drawer and it has made a difference not having to sort through so much each t8me I reach for something. I’ve now applied the same principle to my sewing/mending supplies and it worked again. No decluttering the things now organized by frequency of use makes my life simpler.
On the other hand I was pulling out some manila envelopes to organize our fire safe paperwork when I saw that I had saved a big pile of sheet protector pages although I rarely need one. All but a small number went into the donation pile.
It seems that for me this combination approach along with revisiting how much “inventory” we want to keep on hand is the way to go. Some of our stocking up during the pandemic has left too many items stored and that is going to change too.
How are you managing your “stuff” at this point in your life to ensure that it isn’t increasing your mental and physical workload? Are actual or anticipated shortages causing you to still stockpile or are you moving back to pre-pandemic inventory levels?