No, I'm not talking about our social life or cash flow! I'm talking about the perpetual need to declutter, minimize, manage household inventory or whatever you call it.
I am resolute that we send at least as much out the door as comes in unless consumable lol. In the 5 years since we moved here we have acquired a fair amount which is not surprising considering how we minimized so as to have less to move. Still, it adds up and lives in cleaning/organizing chores, in visual clutter or too many decisions to make.
In addition to going through storage areas that are frustrating to me because they house things never used or are cluttered, I've also come up with some key questions to ask in different situations.
For example, our lovely maple cutting block has developed cracks and warped which makes it both potentially unsanitary and frustrating to use as it wobbles. Our instant thought was to shop for a similar new one but in the meantime I pulled out a smaller pressed wood one that we rarely use. Some research showed that type never cracks and rarely warps but if it does it can be fixed easily most of the time. So it seems we already have something we can "use instead" so now we just have to figure out how to dispose of a heavy hunk of maple.
I'm finding the "What can I use instead?" question be one of the most useful to ask before replacing something or adding something new.
Another question that is helping right now is "Would I buy it again?" which has been particularly helpful with my less loved or worn clothes. In the case of a pair of shoes that were hurting my feet, the answer was yes and I ordered the same ones. In the case of a few tops that I have never reached for first, the answer was no and they went to the thrift store without being replaced or were cut into rags if too worn for that.
And then there is "Would any one be happy if I gave it to them or kept it for later?" which is most helpful for those things you feel you should keep but don't use or put out to enjoy. I have a trio of those right now all antiques that might work for stage props or delight just the right person but I don't want to look at or care for them anymore.
How do you approach the ongoing editing of belongings?